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VOL. LXXni. No. 3 







Times Square Booking Offices Accomplices in Swin- 
dling — Complaints Made with Investigation 
Under Way 

t ~< 


The fake dramatic school U a£).in 
to receive attention from District 
Attorney Joab Banton of New York 

Despite a rigid campaign on the 
Ivart of the police and the district 
attorney two years ago against 
■wlndlers who were capitalizing on 
the frailties of the stage-struck, a 
taumber of these sclioois have re- 
taew'ed activities in the roaring' 

The first inkling the schools were 
llgain operating was brought home 
(Continued on page ij) 

Wm' m 1URACLE' 

Contingency of Employment 

Market Draws Applications 

from Surprising Sources 


FVom all accounts, when "The 
fatracle" reveals itself at the Cen- 
tmy, Kew York, it wUl have the 
distinction of having atMeaat an 
itU-star cast of extras. 

The numerous minor role* In the 
^ece has attracted applications 
from a number of actors and 
Itctressea worthy of better things, 
but victims of the lack of amoloy- 
inent crisis now prevalent in show- 

In addition to the extras, "The 
iflracle" will utilize a choir of 200 
Voices. Mo6t have been supplied by 
local vocal schools, the singers rally- 
<ng to the chance to get stage train- 
ing. Most of the singers are stu- 
dents and will And the $35 weekly 
remuneration a great help in tiding 
them over their studice. 


University's Picture Hit in Harris- 


'Gypping" May Stop if Court 

of Appeals Affirms Opinion 

by Appellate Division 

Broadway ticket speculators were 
Jolted last week when the Appellate 
Division of the Supreme Court up 
held the amendment to the business 
law passed by the State Assembly 
in 1922, whereby agents who resell 
tickets must proctu-e a license and 
must not resell tickets to the public 
for more than SO cents over the box 
office price. If the deci-sion is up- 
held by the Court of Appeals it will 
mean the end of ticket gouging. 

The test case was that of Ruben. 

Weller, who was arrested some time 

ago for reselling tickets for the Pal- 

ice without having a license and was 

(Continued on page 45> 


Order Closing Hef- After 
Debut at the Alhambra 
Said to Come Direct from 
E. F. Albee — Deals with 
" Objectionable " Theme, 
Though It Got By Critics 
— New One Being Pre- 
pared for Actress 



For the second time this season 
the Keith offico has refused to book 
an act considered "risque." This 
week the Keith people notified Hazel 
Dawn that her sketch, "The Little 
Pink LAdy," which broke In cold at 
(Continued on page 2> 


Harri:sl)Urg. Doc. .I. 

"James'.own." the of the Yale 
University liist^iical moving pic- 
tures to be .shown in thix MfCtinn, 
was rcceivoil wUh ("fclded :i|)proval 
T ha film w.i-i .«hijwn i;i fonniTtlon 
with tl'.e ronvcntioti of the 
county .-K-liijo! .siipiMinionili'iit.s. un- 
der the aus|)il■e.^ of iho Depiirtiiiciit 
of Piit)!io In.slnii tion. L:iter a l>ul>- 
lic » i.i »;iv('n. 

InfluencCil by the reception, which 
the filin ip>"lvifl, the Wllmer & Vin- 
cent linve looked the entire 
^2 plctutiM for this city. 

Los Angeles, Dec, 5. 

Karl T. Waugh, dean of the Col- 
lege of Liberal Arts of the Univer- 
sity of Southern California, has en- 
dorsed a plan to permit the male 
students to act as guides and pro- 
tectors for women tourists visiting 
this city unaccompanied. 

The Liberal Arts dean sanctions 
the plan with the undcr.'^anding the 
college boy.i selected be bonded and 
a thorough Investigation made of 
their lives. 

According to the pre.sent plans it 
will not be nccuu.-^ary for the 
wompp foiiri.sts seokliw; guide.s to character rffcroncps. 

Things arc getting tougher every 
day for the hotel lobby hound.s. 


Kairmont. W. Va.. Doc. B. 

Harry Gordon, formerly manager 
at Portsmouth. Ohio, who ha.'* been 
m.mager of the Faiim'mt theatre 
since It opened l;T^t .ltini», retired at 
the end o£ six niontlUM and in siie- 
ceeded by jiam Dieinan, firnieriy in 
the grocery busim-MH here . 

It la a half million dnlhir theatre 
playing road i*hou-(i and pieturcs, 
with two act.f of vaudeville sm ' pre- 
ijentation" feature.^ when there ure 
no touring companies available. 

Broadway's stage doormen have 
formed a union following the lead 
of the Yiddish theatres. Delegates 
of the doormen are in negotiation 
with the managers In an attempt to 
obtain uniform working conditions. 

The new unionists are not yet 
asking for an increased scale, but 
the conditions requeeted wHI call 
for a slightly bigger department 
cost by the houses. A three-shift 
day is the demand Instead of the 
present custom of 12-hour ahifta. 
Tbe weekly wage scale is $21, which 
is asked to be set as the Htandard. 

Through the organization of the 
stage doormen theatres wKl be 
completely unionized back «tage— 
actors, .stage h.xnds and musicians 
already being aRIIIated with the A. 
F. L. Only the front of the house 
employes, taking in box ofTlce staffs, 
ticket takei-H and ushers, are not 
unionized, although come of the 
ticket takers in Kas' Side picture 
theatres belong to tlio union. 

The stage doormen deny there is 
a "Johns" union or the .lolins 
put them up to forming a union, 


Washington, D»c. r,, 
.Sol Bloom, rtepre.sentative from 
the theatrical di^lrirt of New York sworn Into odiee ye.sieril.iy 
(WednoMla*'). No attempt was 
m.Tile to prevent him from takins 
his Congrex.sional seir 

Immediately following his induc- 
tion to olBce Congre-iHnian lilnoni 
introduced two bill.s, one iiryvulini; 
for the elimin.ation of the .Kfini.'sion 
l.lx and the other fo,- abandonment 
of the *c-at tax. 


Tit* Meond ^box Mors published in Variety on th« ravi*w«rs of 
tho motropolit|iR dailiaa, figiirod in psrcentag* of eorrvetly pronounc- 
ing ■ hit or faihir* in thoir oritieiam* aa tho now playi paaaod in 

tine* tho tgular oponing of tho currant Maoon 41 now ohowa havo 
eomo in and gono out of Broadway thsatroo. Of that nwnbor St 
havo boon failuroa. Tho othor two could not bo so tormod througk 
■ttonding oircumataneoo ■• dotailod togothor with a gonoral atory 
of tho Imk oeoro and eritics on pago 10 of this ioauo. 

In conjunction with tho oeoro bolow, talton 4ip to laat Saturday, 
thor* ia publlohod tho firot ocoro, of Oot. 2t, whon 20 of .th« oureont 
soaaon'a play had llaiohod thoir briof run*. 

Varioty'a own ocoro ia liatod occupying a aoparalo tabto 4io trad* 
paper royiowing. ' 

Key to'tabloo below in 8R, ahews revio^>od| R, right; W, wrong; 
O, no definite opinion expreaeedi Per, percentage of right timoo. 

SR R W O Per 

CRAIG ("Mail") 81 IB 0-4 .800 

DALE ("American") 37 21 IS 1 J07 

MANTLE ("News") 33 IS 14 4 AtB 

RATHBUN CSun") 27 11 IS 1 .40^ 

BROUN ("Worid") 2S 10 13 2 .400 

CORBIN ("Times") 27 10 IS 2 470 

WOOLCOTT ("Herald") 31 8 18 S .288 

HAMMOND ("Tribune") 24 S 14 4 .280 

<* — — 


8R R W Per 

PULASKI (Ibee) 7 6 1 MST 

LAIT ^ ^17 12 S .70S 

GREEN (Abel) 4 2 JOS 

'VARIETY (Combined) 39 20 11 2 jOOS 

(Other Variety reviewers "catching" but one or two shows each 
not listed.) 

SCORE AS OF OCT. 28, 1«3 
(Baaed on 20 failures) 

8R R W 

CRAIG ("Mail") « 7 4 

BROUN ("World") IS 6 6 

CORBIN ("Times") 11 8 S 

DALE ("American") IS S 10 

WOOLCOTT ("Herald") ', 18 8 8 

MANTLE ("News") 18 8 

RATHBURN ("Sun") 11 8 S 

HAMMOND ("Tribune") 12 2 S 


. 8R R W 

LAIT '... 7 4 3 

VARIETY (Combined) 20 14 8 








O Per 

1 .728 





Harrlsburg. Dec." S. 

Tho Harrlsburg Ministerial As- 
sociation, the Dauphin County W. 
C. T. U. and Christian Endeavor 
societies have combined In a fight 
against what they term ".Sunday 
midnight movies." As a itiitter of 
Curt the pictures that arc shown do 
not start until one minute after mid- 
night, or Monday morning. 

The weakness of the cruiade, di- 
rected igalnst several houses which 
put on the midnight shows. Is that 
no stnte or city law is violated 

I'ennsylv.inia has one of the most 
,strlngent "blue laws" in the country. 
The law was passed In 1794, and 
under it the delivery of Sunday 
papers and milk after 9 o'clock on 
(G^ntinued on page 4ii) 


1,000 Seats In Brewster, N. Y., With 
1,800 Population, 

Commencing this Saturday, when 
tho Strand, Brewster, N. Y.. will 
augment its picture programme by 
putting on aix acts, a theatrical war 
will be on in that town. The Brews- 
ter plays six acts on Saturday and 
Is booked by Fally Markus. ' 

The town has a population of 
about 1.(00 and the seating capacitir 
of both theatres is close to a thou- 


Who will make your lext oneeT 

Those who have bought from us 



llSlll'irar lei, 65J0 Pfnn, N. T. City 

—1 1,000 Cottuma* for Rental 



r?Si^ TiP»i»lc«r Sqifelw ^ ' 

2096-3199 Regent '■ hursday, December 6, 


Message to Congress Will Have Decided Effect on 
Action of Congress and Committees — dClaim Is 
President Favors Reduction 

Washington, Dec. 6, 

Prosldent Coolldge w(ll recom- 
mend to Congress the lifting of the 
tax admissions in his first message 
to that body, which It Is expected 
he will deliver tomorrow (Thurs- 
day). He sets forth his reason for 
being opposed to taxing pictures 
la because they are e4pcatlonaI. 

Although the rresidint has been 
delayed in delivering his message, it 
has been in the hands of the press 
for nearly a week, with the result 
every member of Congress now 
knows its contents. 

Certain groups close to Coolldge 
<4alm the President strongly favors 
reductions in taxes, but Is equally 
•trong against a soldier bonus. 

He is also reported as favoring a 
readjustment of railroad rates and a 
consolidation of the railroads 
wherever it is possible. 

The announcement that the Presi- 
dent favors the removing of the tax 
admissions should have a decided ef- 
fect on the ultimate success of the 

It will now become an administra- 
tion matter and theM:halrmAn of 
the Senate Finance Committee, Sen- 
ator Reed Bmoot of Utah, and the 
chairman of the House Ways and 
Means Committee, Congressman 
Green of Iowa, who, from their 
statements, have only been luke- 
warm for the measure at the best, 
will upon the recommendation of the 
President most probalrty now give it 
their firm support. 

The compromise forced by the 
Republican progressh'e group, head- 
ed by Congressman Nelson of Wis- 
consin in tieing up the House was 
for changes that would knock out 
the gag rule and the presefit method 
of a chairman killing a bill by 
simply pocketing it. 

This was thf • progressives' chief, 
demand, and in the compromise with 
the party leaders it must have been' 
one point conceded, and if so the 
ttiing to b^ feared, that of kill- 
ing the repeal of the tax on admis- 
sion before a chance to vote on it 
came about, has been removed. 


London, Dec. S. 
"The Rising Generation" which 
opened at the Shaftsbury Monday 
proved to be an amusing comedy, 
strongly cast and most favorably 


Jack Buchanan Called It Dress 

Rehearsal— Arch Selwyn 

Liked Revue 

London, Dec 6 

Practically the entire bunch of 
West ^nd theatres journeyed to the 
Goldera Greeh Hippodrome Monday 
night to see the premiere of Char- 
lot's revue which will fail for New 
York after playing this week. 

The program is being changed 
nightly to determine which of the 
numbers are most suitable. 

Previous to the curtain rising 
Jack Buchanan appeared before the 
audience to plead for the acceptance 
of the presentations as a dress re- 
hearsal, for there was only one day 
of actual rehearsing, besides which 
the scenery had been in the theatre 
but two hours. 

It is impractical to pass judg- 
ment upon the Monday showing, due 
to a friendly audience of wild en- 
thusiasm concerning each and ever>' 

Arch Selwyn states he is confident 
it Is a big attraction, while also as- 
serting that seven changes already 
have been determined upon with 
others to follow. 


BIrabeau Story on Shoemaker's 


London, Dec. 5. 
The p.intomlme which opens at 
the Palladium Dec. 17 will give mat- 
inee performances only with the 
regularly twice nightly vaudeville 
policy remaining unchanged. 


Paris, Dec. 6. 
The Government has decorated 
Leon G.aumont as an offlcor of the 
I^egion of Honor in recognition of 
his nervices rendered for the^ 
French clnem.itograph industry. 


Paris, Dec. 5. 
Opening successfully at the Al- 
hambra lant Friday were the Tlircc 
HwiftH, C>'<:'ling Brunettes, Kranci.>< 
Renault, and Grock. the clown. 

Paris, Dec. B. 

Th^ management of tke Follies 
Drajnolique Battirday presented a 
thre<D-act farce entitled "Un Homme 
BUT la Pallle" ("A Man Without 
Mean«") to a fairly favorable re- 
ception. Nlchola« Nancey and Hen- 
ry d« Gorsse are credited with hav- 
ing made the adaptation from a 
srtory by Andre BIrabeau. 

A somewhat exaggerated situa- 
tion is presented by the script in 
that a married shoemaker, desir- 
ing to spend a week with a demi- 
mondaine, pretends to be incarcer- 
ated within (. country prison, ac- 
cused of illicit* speculation. When 
later actually imprisoned, the shoe- 
maker's wife securee his release, 
with the blame ahiftlng to the 

Robert Hastl impersonates the ^^^^^ ^ 
shoemaker, and Palau is caet bjb the' parted 

Dave Chasen wrote to mo and 
said, "Van. have a great idea. 
Bin your.<ielf "The International 
Comedian.' You were over there 
more than five minutes." I wrote 
Dave the idea was great, but if I 
used that billing there would be a 
hundred mlMlon others billed just 
like me. Dorny and Kirkham, write 
quick! Important! Dec. 9lh. Sioux 
City; Dec. 16th. City. Horace 
Bentley says his blotters are better 
than HIggins and Blossomo l>lotterH. 
Frankio Van was over in Europe a 
long time Hoyen. 



British Fibn Players 
Protest Our Pictures 

London, Dec. 5. 

As another outcry agalnEt 
American films on the Eng- 
lish market British picture 
players held a mass meeting in 
Hyde Park Sunday afternoon, 
at which they urged fair play 
for the native movie industry. 

The statement was made that 
at least 90 per cent of the films 
shown in England are of Amer- 
ican production. A resolution 
was unanimously acclaimed to 
ask the Government for the- 
passing of legislation which 
guarantee that at least 25 per 
cent of the films shown here 
must be of British manufacture. 


Tysoe Smith, - of Manchester, 
FIrwuiejally Worried 

His Majesty's Not on Market 
London, Dec. B. 
Grossmith A "Malone have Issuea 
a denial concerning the report that 
Basil Dean has been negotiating for 
His Majesty's theatre. 

They assert that the house is not 
for sale nor on the market. 

Nigel Barrie Shortly Returning 
London, Dec. 6. 
Nigel Barrie will return to Ameri- 
ca early in the new year. He is at 
present playintf Claudo Duval in the 
highwayman film of that name 
which George A. Cooper la direct- 
ing for Gaumont. 


London, Dec. 5. 
' Bedini and Arthur arc s.iiling to- 
day on the "Majestic' 'to open at 
Keith's Riverside, New York, Dec. 31 

Pearl White Mutt Come Back 

Loiulun, Dec. 5. 
Pearl White, who is making a 
film in Paris, In which production 
"Tlho hao a 50 per cent interest, sailH 
for New Yorli 1. 

She is not particularly happy .-it 
the pro8pe<t as she has t-iken a 
great fancy to Paris and Europe 

Two American Turns Open 

London, Dec. 6. 
Karl Jorn and Bennett and 
Richards were splendidly accepted 
«Son their opening at the Palladium. 

Lond<>n, Nov. 26. 

J. Tysoe Smith, a well-known 
Manchester vaudeville agervt, ahot 
himself In the Golden Gallery of St. 
Paul'e Cathedral, Nov. 22. The 
streets were full of lunch hour 

Smith had entered the cathedral 
and bought a ticket for the Whis- 
pering Gallery and then bought one 
for the Golden Gallery. There was 
nothing in his manner to excite 
suspicion and he remained alone 
after some other visitors _hadi de- 


Karl Roeen and Aetora Running 
. Theatr* ' 


Bertln, Nov. 26. 

Felix Hoilaender haa at last defi- 
nitely given up hia director^ip of 
Reinhardt's Dcutsches theatre and 
Kammersplele and for the lime be- 
in'g the organization Is in the hands 
of Karl Rosen, -the business director, 
and the arti'stlc end ia to be handled 
by a board of actors and stage tli- 
rectors made up of Dr. Fritz Wend- 
hausen, Erich Papst, Paul Qunther 
and Max GuUstorf. 

In this n>t is not one flrst-rate 
director or actor, and the future of 
the theatre looks pretty dark under 
the«e conditions. 

It Is, however, continually rumored 
and in some papers stated as defi- 
nitely completed that this organiza- 
tion will amalgamate with the 
Schausple'Ier tl.eatre now playing 1" 
the Fricdrlch Wilhelmstadtlscbes 
theatre, which Includes the brilliant 
Elisabeth Bergncr and the two well- 
known actors Hclnrich George and 
Alexander Or.anuch, and whoec 
stage director is the tant»o.-.B Karl- 
heln Martin. 

It aeeuis doubtful whether Rein- 
hard t would allow any combination 
to be made which might Inake H 
difUcult for him to take over the 
theatres again when everything has 
quieted down in Benin and there is 
money to be made again in the- 


English Still Remain True to 
Old Favorites— Gallery Flrst- 
Nighters Gather 

Suddenly there was the report of 
a ebot and an attendant running to 
the spot found the man stretched on. 
the tiling with a revolver by his 
side. The public were immediately 
clenrod out of the sacred building 
and doctors were summoned. It 
took the police nearly an hour to 
get him down the steps when It was 
discovered ho was still alive. He 
was immediately rushed to hospital 
but is not expected to recover. 

Smith is 60 years of nge and In 
good health but worried financially 
owing to the cinema having dam- 
aged his vaudeville business. 

St. Paul's has been the scene of 
several suicides and attempted sui- 
cides. A youth poisoned himself a 
few woelxs ago. on nnotlicr occasion 
a man shot himself throuKh the 
head during Sunday morning serv 

Co -Director for Palais Royal 
Paris. Dec. B. 
Victor Boucher, the comedian 
will be appointed co-director Willi 'ce «"<» 0"<'e » f"-'" hurled himself 

Gustavo Quinson of the 
Koyal theatre next season. 


Astalres Prolonging Stay 

I/ondon, Dec. 5. 
Fred and Adele Astalrc will le- 
main with "Stop Flirting" for nine 
weeks In the Provinces, after which 
time they will sail for the states. 

Haskell Staging Cabaret Revue 
I.ondi)n, Dec. B. 

Jack Haskell is staging a new 
cabaret revue at the Grafton Gal- 
leries with the premier sot for Der. 

Selwyn and Navarr« in Ptr'tt. 
Paris, Dec. B. 
Archie Selwyn and Ramon Ka- 
varro are now bare. 

from the Whispering Gallery. 


Berlin, Nov. 26. 

The Neue« Volksthc.'ilre in the 
Kopenlckcr Str.'ts.>!e, formerly man- 
.aged in conjunction with the Voiks- 
Ijuhnc In Bulow Pl.itz. has now been 
dicflnitcly closed, as the parent or- 
ganization has not the money to 
continue supporting It. 

Tills is no great lose, as the pro- 
diKtlons there were never very 
artistic and the theatre in Itself is 
cold and repelling. 

For the time being Manager Hunt 
will take it over and will try pro- 
ducing operetta there, his first 
production being "The Coachihon 
of Frederick the Great." 

London, Nov. 28. 

At the Alhambra one night. Sey- 
mour Hicks got a nasty jar to his 
vanity. Immediately preceding him 
was George Lashwood, a popular 
Beau Brummel turn of the old days 
who still holds the public. After 
singing a number of songs and re- 
ceiving many calls, Lashwood met 
with Insistent appeals to sing "My 
Latchkey," one of his standards. 
After repeated attempts to leave 
the stage, he finally expressed his 
Inability to comply with the request 
as time was short and other turns 
had to follow. 

The curtain went up on the set 
for Seymour Hicks' playlet, but he 
was unable to proceed. Persistent 
cries of "Latchkey" still came from 
all over the house. Hicks came for- 
ward and said he regretted be had 
not got the latchkey, b\it the audi- 
ence would not be appeased; the 
curtain descended and Lashwood 
■ang the song in demand. 

When the curtain rose agaJn, 
however, no Seymour Hicks, and 
another short turn follow hy the 
bioscope concluded the entertain- 


At a recent meeting of the Gal- 
lery First Nighters, Lane Crauford 
delivered an address upon the sub- 
ject of mummer-baltlng from the 
top shelf. Crauford is a young man 
who haa been helped to his anec- 
dotnge by the fact that his mother, 
Mrs. Sara Lane, for half a centary 
ruled the roost at the Britannia the- 
atre, Hoxton, one of London's old 
and noted melodrama houses. 

In a rather lively debate which 
followed, Hannen Swaffer of jour- 
nalistic fame, let loose upon the 
managerial tactics which gave pref- 
erence in casting to- players with 
historic histrionic names. Influence 
made .i leading lady before talent, 
hence the Incompetent supply in the 
West Knd, ho said. Names, men- 
tioned w^ere Viola Tree, daughter of 
the late Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, 
and Prudence Vanbrugh, daughter 
of Arthur Bourchler and Violet 

Like every hustling American who 
romes to England, Dave Bennett 
likes London. "It's the greatest holi- 
day I ever enjoyed," says Dave. 
Here I am sent over to do the num- 
bers for the Chorlot revue that is 
going to New York, and all the re- 
hearsing I can get in is from 10:30 
a. m. to 1 p. m. After that hour the 
girls leave to pl.ay matinees at other 
theatres, some of the principals are 
appearing in vaudeville, and I won't 
see Jack Buchanan at all until the 
day before the show opens at Gold- 
er's Green for a week prior to its 
American presentation. I guess it's 
(Continued on page 47) 


Opening Xmas Eve — Novelio't 

Music — Piece Not Yet 


London, Dee. S. °~; 

°A Don Titfaeradge revue, writtetti 
a«d pro4uce<) by Tilheradge, will bfl 
prdduced Xmas eve, he says, at th« 
Vaudeville, although Titheradga ad- 
mits not having as yet Written tha 
piece. -Nevertheless He asserta It 
will be ready on time. 

Music for the revue will be com- 
posed by Ivor Novello. 

Stanley Luplno and Blnnie Hala 
so far have been eng.-iged to appear 
In the Titheradge show. 


Paris, Dec. 5. 

A St like on the part of some of 
the stagehands delayed the Palaca 
perforniance ^urttil Oscar .Dufrenn* 
replaced the' Insurgents , froan tha 
Mayol Concert staff. . 

The controversy was settled when 
the managetnent promised to con- 
sider the non-strikers' claims aN 
though, at the same time, refuslnif 
to take back the men who had 
walked out. ' 


London, Dec. 5. "•' 

Following slight alterations tli# 

Lord Chamberlain has Issued » 

license for the showing of Herbert 

Clifton's "Gay Y'oung Bride." 

The original controversy waa 
brought about by the objection ot^s 
m.nle character impersonating » 
young woman In the production. 


London, Dec. 5. 

Albert de Courville will present 
Shirley Kellogg in "The Rainbow" 
around Christmns, at the New- 

It will mark a revised version of 
the show given earlier this year 
at the Empire. 


Dec. 12 (from New York to Lon- 
don), Mr. and Mrs. l«on Klmberly, 
Klml>erly and Page; Manny lind 
Clayton (Geo. Washington). 

Dec. 15 (London to New Tork)' 
Wilton Sisters (Leviathan. , 

Dec. 8 (New York to London), 
Mrs. Sime Silverman (Aquitania). 

Dec. 6 (Iiondon to New York)^ 
Bedini and Arthur (Majestic^. 

Dec. 5 (London to New York) 
James K. Hackett, Madeleine Mar' 
shall (Majestic). 

Dec. 1 (New York to London), 
Marie Nordstrom (Leviathan). 


(Continued from page 1) 
the Alhambra, New York, last week 
would not be considered for further 
bookings due to the objectlonal sub^ 
Ject matter and theme. 

Miss Dawn made her vaudevIIHt 
debut last week at the Alhambra. 
The act la the ^former vehicle ct- 
Sarah Padden, "Just a Little Pink."! 
It was re-wrHten for Ml«a Dawn by 
Billy Grady who produced the neif 

The playlet while dealing witU 
the lo#e affair of a philandering 
malo and his mistress was not con^ 
sidered when reviewed! 
by the press at the Harlem house< 
Miss Dawn in the principal role re- 
minded of Jean Eagles in "Rain" la 
her delivery and conception. Follow- 
ing the Alhambra engagement iiiem 
Dawn was notified Monday that fur.' 
ther bookings In that vehicle would 
not be forthcoming from the XeitK 
office. E. F. Albee is eaid to taaTtt 
Issued the order. 

Nazimova was recently cancelled 
by the Keith people after ccxntng 
east via the Orpheum Circuit and 
playing Keith's Palace, New Tortt, 
In an act considered too suggesUva 
for vaudeville. Nazimova has sinca 
returned to vaudeville in another 
sketch written around a "Mother 
Love" theme. 

Miss Dawn may be seen In an- 
other sketch now being readied. 



143 Charing Crota Read 


Director. JOHN TILLER 



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^^ Internal Revenue Department Report on Last FUcal 
Year— IllinoU Second with ,$60,500,000— Ticket 
Brokers Paid Tax, Too 


;/ Variety-Clipper Buraau, 
Evana BIdg., Waihington 

December 5. 

Amuaement seekers la New York 
City paid through the box offices 
over 170,000.000 from Juir 1. 1922. 
through June 30, 1923, the flscal 
year of the Government, according 
to the annual report of the C«i»; 
mlssloner of Internal Revenue, while 
the entire nation expended approxi- 
mately $890.000.000/for Us amuse- 

O'tie ten per cent, tax collected in 
the second and third New York 
district.'. which comprlste ihc 
downtown portion of New York 


L.o« Angeles. Dec. 5. 
Another member Is due soon In 
the hoiiseholil of Bu.<iter Kcaloii 
the anticipating father admitl('<l 
yesterday. This will be two lii: 
wife, Natalie Talmadge, has prc- 
aentod to him. Buster, Jr.. Iiavin;; 
arrived fomcthlng over a yetir ago. 


Cha^. Purcell who stepped out of 
the Shuberts "Town Topics" returnM 
to vaudeville this week with a new 
act. opening at Proctor's. Yonkers. 
N. Y., the last half. 

Blanch* Morgan Starts Suit 

I-eslie B. Morgan (Morxati and 

"nniy) Is being sued for a separation 

by Blanche O. ^Morsan, his wife and 

former vaudeville partner. The 

' charges of cruelty and deserlion arn 

denie<l by Morgan. He is being 

r*r>resented by Anton Slegal. 

Blanche Morgan is rehearsing 
qcw act. • 

City totaled^ in "exact figures 

,The first New York district, 
which takes in Brooklyn, ,pald 
Uncle Sam from the source of the 
tax on admissions 12,783,370.53, 
while the fourteenth district, which 
runs tiom the Bronx up to Syra- 
cuse, paid »1, 702. 074.88. Still two 
other dliitricts In Now York State, 
the and twenty-eighth, 
remitted from the first name.l 
$731. 892. as. while the twcnty-cishth 
forwarded $J.2Sl.5'14.:6. 

The ticket broUcis in paying theii 
.') per ccift. lax on tickets sold other 
than at the bo.r olllces In cxce.-e of 
the estahiished j); ice pjiid J79.3«r.31 
■)n that excpfs in the second and 
ihird districts. 

Illinois runs second on paid nd- 
mieslons to amusements, over $60,- 
nOO.OOO bavins gone Into the colters 
of thH theatres in that State, of 
whirl! the Government colloiteil 
$6, 506,95!;. 61. TlcUct brokers piid 
In ininuis tn,5U9..-!S. 

I'ncle Sam's revenue collectors 
alHo found that the theatres in New 
York were charging at the box o."- 
Ilce prices Itl of ^hojc estab- 
lished and from thl.'< sofirrc 
collected |27,39:i.4S. In Illinois it 1."! 
evident that such ppacUi(-s arc not 
;,'one into, at IcbfI to the s;itni' e.<- 
tent. the Covernment coilcctin'; but 
»40.92 under Ihi.s head In tliit State 

Cabarets paid In t:i.\(v, foi the 
downtown New York district $'J00.- 
598.03. ' 

The followini; exreipi from the 
Commissioner's report will gi\e a 
clearer Insight on (lie busIne:-M done 
l.y anujsemeni** throughout the 
country than anj thing else pos(iibl.v 


Dates Cancelled at Toronto 

and Montreal — Professor 

Publicly Assails Russians 

Montreal, Dec. (. 

The Moacow Art Theatre, booked 
here for later In the season at Her 
Majesty'a, haa been cancellfd and 
in Toronto. 

A(»:ordlnK to Toronto, the cancel- 
lation was largely due to the re- 
marks made publicly by a Toronto 
professor, who stated the aggrega- 
tion was purely Bolshevist and for 
tlje purpose of spreading Bolshe- 
vistic propaganda throughout the 

It Is probable • the cancellStion 
proved advisable for the local the- 
atre, ns it would have been impos- 
sible to cover expenses here. 

The Montreal public, always apa- 
thetic, is more so wl^en any at- 
tempt is made to introduce foreign 

Montreal audiences like good 
musical shows. 


Paul Allen, the agent and brother 
of ICdgar Allen, the Vox booker, 
pleaded guilty to petty larceny In 
(Jeneral Seeslons yesterday fVVed- 
nesday), the court remanding him 
to jail for sentence on Dec. 17. 
Allen has already si>erit 37 days in 
!he hoosegow on the complaint of 
At)raham Bush, who charged Allen 
urauthorl^edly obtained money ad- 
vances from himTor booking his act. 
Allen set forth he was connected 
v.ith the A. A B. Dow agency, which 
the latter denied. 

Kendler & Goldstein. Allen'w co'.ir- 
?el. interposed a plea of giiiitv on 
!>elly larceny Instead of thg grand 
larceny charge. 

Jamat F. Powers Is managing 
lolls. New fjaven. Conn. Ke wjs 
for^ierly manager for the Schine 
people in Oswego. 



Ilbmtlton, Bermuda, Dec. 1. 

The new Importance this commu- 
nity Is asssuming is a reflex of pro- 
hibition conditions In the United 
States is causing American show- 
men to cast longing eyes upon the 
beautiful island, precisely as has 
been tbe case for some time at Ha- 
vana, This fact, coupled with an- 
nouncement of a project to build a 
new opera housie at Hamilton, makes 
a survey of amusement conditio .i 
timoKKand a note of warning equal- 
ly seasonah'c. 

It appears to be the ^consensus of 
opinion of tlicse in a position to 
speak advisedly thaf American 
amusen>ent promoters un<lertaking 
a flyer here will be kept busy writ- 
ing loss cliecks. On first thought 
lliia ai>p«'.'irs strnnge tor IV.-rmuda l« 
prorpcrin;; mi.-jhtlly,. the numerous 
cstablislinl liotels are thriving, and 
large r.i v.- liostelrles are springing 
up with I \ iiy prospect ot.u capacity 

Thoiraiuls of well-to-do Ameri- 
cans u'lio br.-ilnariiv seek California 
or Florida at this time of year, have 
disccivered that Bermuda affords 
nil' the advantages of those states 
v.'llli the additionui altrnction of un- 
limited piTsonal liberty in the choice 
of what one will eat or drink. Emu- 
lating the e;;ample of New Yo' k'^ 
police commissioner, they are en- 
joying their brief winter vacations 
In this ncirliy playground under the 
Rritl.tii ting. 

Vast sums ^t money have p.i.-.8ed 
into circii'al'on. and similar sums 
are p.i?s;;ii-r dally through I lie ac- 
tivities cT the Nova 8coti:i llshlnfi 
fleet, wb ih/hnn ubandnncHl iin- 
romantic lielrl n^d Is now eiij,'ne<J»' 
;n rum ru»ni''ig. 

j.-vr.<o^ie V. ho wisles to wotk car 
Hnd rTi-;i'oym<nt at comp.irntlvely 
good Wii^.-C!'. The demand for Inbor 
Is so great t! at xvorkmen have been 
Imiior.rd in lar're numbers h'on; 
Canrd I .-nd ixewfiiundland, and 200 
Portiiviicr' families are now belnp 
brought in by the co!i ii i! srovcin- 

ment as an experiment aimed to re> 
Vive agricultural activity. 
Pictures Only 

Yet In the face of these condittona 
the only amusement enterprises In 
operation are pictures. Two com- 
panies monopolize this business, 
piishlng It with Intensive aggres- 
siveness and giving good progrnma 
with poor or Indifferent presenta- 
tlotis. Rigid economy governs the 
operations of both, yet there Is no 
Indication that either Is becoming 
rich. Surface Indications seem to 
any neither la receiving a return 
cotnmenaurate with the effort de- 
Voted to 'the business. 

tTnder the most favorable circum- 
stances It would be ho simple mat- 
ter to bolly hoo the easy going, and 
possibly laxy public. Into aprlnginir 
into the saddle and pedaling madly 
for the movie emporium. But the 
circumstances are not favoroble. 
Billing Is prohibited. The printing 
requirements are one three-sheet 
and three ones. Mitchell and TiUp^ 
Carthy could never piuw a happy 
hour h^re. 

All manner of stunta are offlclally 
ta boo. 

Finding that the scattered public, 
spread over 25 miles of Island, could 
not be stampeded to the picture pal- 
ace, the astute local Impresario has 
reversed the process and carried the 
movie to the public. San Tuccl'a 
system and schedule la typical of 
both concerns. Monday ond Wed- 
nesday of f^Qh week he operates at 
the Colonial opera house, a very 
complete little theatre of SOO capac- 
ity, located In the negro residential 
section of Hamilton, yet the finest 
(Vnjutement Institution In the colony. 
Tuesday and Thursday he playa the 
Town Hall, St. Qeorgea; also on 
TuesdR> at the Whitney Inatituta 
in South Pariah, In the canter of the 
terralne; Monday and Friday, Odd 
Fellows' Hall, Somerset, and on Fri- 
day and Saturday the Victory the- 
atre In the heart of the business dis- 
trict of HiMnllton. He uses t<ro 
complete programs a week, atartlns 
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l;-i'lin. Nov. Tj. 

. i. .Viglit," a new far.-e 

i'.a. Ir.^ilx, piudui;rd ut the 

lin ijulte an orlglnul Idea 

It. bnl unfortimately In 

It out the author failed to 

cnouc'h wit or humor. 




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To a young girl of good family 
comes a my.sterlous man, an an- 
archist wear'liefl for by the police. 
He must escaix^ their watchfi'.! eye 
until morning, when a forg"! 
will be ready for blm and he 
nee lb" fouiilry. 

To be safe he must go In 
hotel whr>re the arlstocr.icy is wont 
to stage It.M little matrlmtmiul eilde- 
steps. nut he must have a girl with 
him, and he has come with a re- 
volver and a few bombs to Insist 
that it be the heroine. 

The second act finds them to- 
gether in the hotel. The girl, after 
several glasses of champagne, de- 
cides that she docs not want to 
have her lionor respected any 

However, the hero Is an honor- 
able onarchlst. and refuses her. 

When, next morning, however, he 
is beginning to weaken, the police 
break In, but, deceived by his fal^ 
passport. let him go. 

The ple<-e is rather amateurishly 
written, but. if well worked over, 
might be possible for America. 

At the Kleiner theatre it was well 
played by Carolia Toelle and TOrich 
Kalser-Tletz, and seemed to please 
the audience. 

New Productiona 
Sc'hillerthestar — A revival of Ilen- 
rlk Ibsen'ei "Rnemy of the People." 
The first production made in this 
hou^e since the state took It over. 
Unfortunately, not so good as was 
to be expected, as the play now 
seem«( deriiledly old-fashioned and 
the acting of Kugen Klopfer In the 
lending ro!e was very uneven. 

Kammerspiela — First (ierman 
production of Swinburne's poetic 
drama. "Ca.-telord." translated by 
Walter T'nus. The translation Is 
good, but the t>lay is unfortimately 
not well suited to the stige. And 
the direction of Paul Oiinther. the 
playing of .M.arla Kein and Waller 
Janssen wis most medifK're. A re- 
vival of Ilerminn Ilahr's pre-war 
faree. "DiB'. well pl.iyed by 
Krika von Te'm.inn Hans Itraiise- 
wetlcr arwl Fritz K:iinp»rs. Hnlher 
amusing, but tyiileally (!erm:in. 

Volkshuhne — Revival of "Der ah- 
truniiine" by Carl Hauplmann 
the broliier of the famous diam.n- 
tl«f, an ImtioHsHily unclear ami 
spineless iilav, and of Reaumar- 
ehals' 'Marriage of Figaro." In 
which the I. ailing role was ivliyeil 
by Paul Ileni UelH, and well played, 

loo, but. unfortunately, he alao di- 
rected the production, and there ha 
did not distinguish hlmsolf. 
, Raaidenx— Revival of "Profeasor 
Storlcyn," a dreary drama by the 
Russian T.>eOnld AndreJelT. now 
quite oid-fdshioned, but quite well 
played by Kriedrlch Kaysaler and 
his wife, Helene Fehdmer. 

Laaaing — A brilliant revival of 
"Rausch" ("Intoxication") by 
Strindl>erg, superlfitlvely played by 
Cierda Muller and Fritz Kortner. 

Staats — "Minna von Barnhe^m.' 
by Lesslng, charmingly ataged by 
Jurgen Fehllng, with the cast tn- 
eludJng Agnes Btraub, Brnst Oro- 
nau, Karl Kbert, Lucie Mannheim 
and Max Schreck. 

Ranaiaaanoa — "Studentenllebe" 
("Student Love"), a half senti- 
mental, half tragic play by the Rus. 
slan author, Andrejeff. Fairly well 
played, and produced with a c-tat 
including Frau Unda, Otto Oebuiar, 
Rrwin Kaiser, Roma Bahn and 
Hans Sternbertt. „ij. 

Luatspialhaus — The premiere of K*: 
new play by Oeorg Kaiser, author 
of "From Morn to Mdnight," called 
"Neben elnander" ("Bide by Side"), 
It la an attempt to point the moral 
that weak idealistic people lyt 
nowhere in the world today, but 
that the strong unscrupulous hu«l- 
neaa man will come out on top. it 
.i^eema to be quite successful here 
and win pr(4>ably have a good run, 
but it is quite unthinkable for 
America. The production 1«, un- 
fortunately, not up to standard, but 
Rudolf Forster, as the business man, 
gives a brilliant performancv. 

Schauspieler — This organization, 
which Is on a oommuntntlc bswia 
and playn share and share alike, haa 
already had two openings. First »• 
revival of the Bngllsh play. "Kd- 
ward II," by Marlowe, wlilnh was 
a very bad failure, both as regard* 
the choice of play and as regards 
the acting, and secondly, "Eiga" and 
"Hnnnele." by Gerbaru Hauptmnnn, 
both in one evening, and with Kl!«v- 
beth Bergner playing rhe leading 
role In both. This was a personal 
triumiih for the actresa and will 
be surcensful. 

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Thursday, December 6, 192S 


Instead of Paying Turns, Charging Them for Chance 
"to Show" on Single Day of Week — Many Turns 
Refuse to Be Held Up 

A new angle has crept up amoiit; 
the Sunday concert bookers of the 
•mall time whereby they are charg- 
Ing acts from »10 to $25 for a show 
privilege Instead of paying the act. 

An act played lost Sunday In a 
Greater New York house and was 
compelled to part with 10 Iron men 
for the chance to get their wares 
before the booking men. This act 
carried four people, whom the pro- 
ducer had to reimburse in addition 
to the $10 for the booker. 

The Influx of new acts eager for 
a showing Is said to have built up 
a lucrative business for the bookers 
now taxing the performers for the 
privilege of playing. 

A number of acts eager to show 
have refUFed to be held up in this 
manner, but others In desperation 
to get set if they have something 
worth while, have given up 



KING LEE K&AUS' $1,144 

"King" I.*e Kraus forgot his al- 
legedly regal demeanor and bor- 
rowed sums aggregating $1.12671 
from William Shilling, a vaudeville 
actor, between Sept. 4, 1920 , and 
Jan. 6, 1921. Shilling admits re- 
turn of 1143.18. but had to brinai 
suit to recover the $983.53 balance. 
tihilUnK wa« »ucce«sful this week, 
the "Judgment with Interest totaling 
$1,144.92. Kraus had denied ever 
borrowing such money. 

Morris Alfred Vogel. Shillings 
attorney, Is now trying to locate the 
vaudeville agent In order to col- 
lect. Kraus iw sold to have left 
for Chicago. 


Sealed Verdict In Flo Lewia'i 
Damage Action 


Madison Square Gardfn proved 

about twice large enough for iho 

1 rowd drawn by the liberally press- 

■;ented Mineralava-Valenlli.o beau- 

•• contest finals last Wedneda.v 
night. Valentino in judging eiilisteil 
the co-operation of a committee of 
100 Judges. 

Norma Nlblock, of Toronto. wa\ 
picked as the continent's best beau- 
ty, but the crowd wanted the prizi: 
to go to Mary Fogarty of Bultc 
.Mont. Other winners were lieli.i 
Owen. New York: Mildred Adam 
Haltimore, and (iloria 

Several of the girls have already 
been picked for Hroadway shows. 

First Three Days This Week — 

Good Show Behind 

Prison Walls 

Auburn, N'. Y, Dec. S. 

The rliapel at Anl)urii I'rison was 
pai'ked .Monday niglii for the semi- 
annual puliHc entertainment t'ven 
in the form of a minstrel and 
vaudeville show. Tuesday and 
Wednesday the show was repeated 
under the ans|)i(es of the Mutual 
Welfare League. 

The llrat part of the show, under 
the general direction of Bob Zim- 
mer of Syracuse, is a minstrel of- 
fering entitled ".lauzland." Wil- 
liam T. Sheehan is in fcjlo.ulor. The 
costumt.^s furnished by Hooker 
Howell of Haverhill, ,Ma«s., arc 
made up in the league colors, white 
and grepn. 

No production ever staged In 
ininstreisy l>ehind prisiin walls can 
boast of posses«4ing more novel 
fe.iture.s. unsurpassi'd surprises, 
or maslodonic ensemble of talent, 
niiislc, frivolity, melody, scenic in- 
vestiture, dancing, soloi.-t. , jazz and 
syncopated etTusions. wit, laughter 
.•\nd costume array than the Mutual 
Welfare Minstre'e as offered last 

The fun makers headed by Hay- 
numd Vogel and l>anny ti'Connell, 
both '»f Syracuse. and Roland 
Brariciiauil of Buffalo, and many 
others ke^t the amlictue in a con- 
tinual uproar from -the rise to the 
fall of th^ cm tain. 

One of the fialuie.; of Ihe enter- 
tainment comes as the >efOnil act. 
entitled 'llDiidini's (July Kival. ' 
when ••Pntfessor M"ail." assistwl by 
R. r.rodeur, providid a few jno nenis 
of mystery In escaping from hand- 
(^.iff'^. straiti(ickets and *>l!ier de- 
vic-es. The sleight of haiiil work by 
rriifi'ssor .Mead w i« out of the 
oi'djn.iry, and to ei\t(l a yrood hand 
Kay Vogel as a llaiiper and Jlm- 
iiiie Siaplet<m as a 'wise guy' pre- 
scnlid 'Hits and .Miss." featurinj; 
two potuilar SMiiiis, ".\n!iahelle" .and 
Oh f.o.-h Kb; (Jolly! Im 

'Asealed verdict was ordered yes- 
terday by Justice Lydon In the 
New York Supreme Court In the 
$100,000 damage suit by F^lo I^wis 
against Comstock A Gest and Her- 
man Timberg, the latter the pro- 
ducer of "Tick Tack Toe," In which 
Miss Lewis was a principal in 1920. 

The comedienne alleges she sus- 
tained a fractured knee-cap in th? 
Princess Theatre, where "Tick Tack 
Toe" was housed, which has seri- 
ously handicapped her professional 

The trial started Monday. At 
Tui sday's session, the attorney for 
the insurance company of the Prin- 
cess, whi*h is defending the action, 
wanted to know Just how serious 
the injury was, with the result Miss 
Lewis retired with a specially ap- 
paintid committee of three to a va- 
cant Jury roorfl for the purpose of 
affording the trio a closer and more 
private examination of the Injured 

The verdict will not be opened un- 
til this (Thursday) morning. 


Issuing "Shares and Flats" 


Ben Bernie's Band has its own 
paper "Sharps and Flats" dis- 
tributed by mall. The paper Is a 
new idea for personal publicity and 
the exploitation of Bernie's Band as 
far as kr.own is the first one of its 
kind to be published by a vaudeville 

"Sharps and Flats" Is of four 
pages devoted to news about the 
Bernic Band but also carryin;, sev- 
eral departments. A biography of 
Ben Bernie is prominently displayed 
on the back page with a picture of 
Bernie on the front. The editor of 
the paper la Al Goering, pianist. 

D'P. Brian flrst rumpet is busi- 
ness manager and J. K. Si.-son 
pianist is treasurer. 


Kendler & Goldstein,^ Attorneys, Sue Associates,! 
Irving Tishmaki and James O'Neal — Lawyers] 
Receive $9,500 in Cash 


Franz Drdia with His Violin at 

Newark This Week — Famous 

Composer Little Known 


MinnenpoMs, nee. .'i. 
Krnjl Kruoher and Margaiette 
H<hidi;e. appearing with lrvlng'!#lm- 
perial .Midgets at Pantages this 
week, idjt.ilnfd a license to marry 
yesterday, and the creemony is 
sclirdukd to take place on the stage 
tonight after the flrst show. 

Franz Drdla. composer of famous 
violin music, started his circuit of 
the Keith time at Proctor's Palace, 
Newark, N. J., this week. Drdla, a 
Viennese violinist, is the writer of 
the world famous "Souvenir" and 
other compositions. He hiS appear- 
ed in concert, but this is his first 
attempt at vaudeville. 

Drdla. whose works are known to 
millions of music lovers, ia far down 
on the bill, with Koscoe Ails and 
two or three other acts billed ahead 
of him. Next week he is at the Riv- 
frslde, New Y'ork. 

Drdla has never, been a public 
figure,' ahd although' his "Souvenir" 
has been played in vaudeville as 
much as Dvorak's "Humoresque" or 
Massenet's "Elegie," It Is doubtful 
if 10 per cfnt of the patrons know 
the name of the composer. 


George W. Meyer, song writer and 
composer, was stricken Tuesday 
night in the Fiiars Club with nerv- 
ous breakdown causing his removal 
to his home for recuperation. 

Meyer, a staff writer of Berlin, 
Inc., and one of America's most pro- 
lific popular songsmitliR, has beeit 
a consistent hit .'ong producer. 

This, coupled with his intensive 
application to the composition of a 
revue .score, was responsible for his 
physical setback. 

Heller. I 'Oh. Oe 
lt( Lov(?." 


Jack Keurns, iran.igcr of .Tack 
Dempscy, has been reported as about 
to nic suit in Los Angeles ag.iiiisi 
Alex. Pantages for $300,000. Tin' 
action resulting from Keariis's 
financing of the Doraldina, the 
dancer, a't which Kearns alleges 
he financed afttr being assured of 
'intages' bookings. 

The act never received a contract 
with Kearns. refusing to open at 
Minne.apolis without the prfmiiscd 
" route. 

.000 IN 30c TICKETS SOLD; 


The Or|>lieum Circuit ImoKinis •> 
Knid .M.irkey, pictures, have been 
extended to include the coast lour. 
The sketch "Here Ones the Bride' 
w,(s orlgliially hooked for 
weeks In the middle wislern 
Oridieum houses. 

The extended route starts Dec IT 
at Winnipeg and lakes the ai^ t" 
lie coast, 

Gallagher- Luther Marriage 
Kd Call.mlnT, nnchalf of llii' .Mr 
l!,illagher and Mr, Shiaii team, ami 
Ann Luther, screen actiess. h<ii' 
married yesiiiday ( Weilne.-ilay ) ii 
Crrcnwich, Conn. 

A small p.nly of the idiiple's ilo e 
friends acrompanied tli<iTi""To~ TTir 
I'IckwIck Ariiv!, Inilmling Tul.liis A 
Keppler, tiallagher and .shi.ui'f. ai 

Chic Sale and Act 

rhailes (Chic) Sale, who cl"s< .1 
his leglt vi'hli'le. "Common .Si>nse ' 
In Albany Saturday. Is arranuing to 
return to vaudeville for r-e\eial 
weeks unlil a reopi ning dale li.i-' 
been set for ihc show. 

Ha>mond .1. S.inii'snii .t tenijr was 
liearil in two sdIo namlicr.-^, and 
the fifth act, a coiniily sketch of 
lioh Zimmer and (ieorge Hush in 
".Vonesensical N(tnsense." wiLS one of 
the outstanding fi-alnri'S of the bill. 
In this act Zimmer ,ind Bush ap- 
pear In sinking and ilancing num- 
bers hinged togc.hcr with a bit of 
plot. It Is plonsin-'jy ^lone and the 
voices ate good. 

Something of the di.i malic, witli 
striking realism is nffered by H. 
Bfanchaud as the h'risco Kid and 
11. O'Donnell as the ins|iMtiir in the 
skit called "A fcene I'idin Life." It 
is good and drew n hi;; hand. 

The closing number is "Th » I'ash- 
ion Blate Review " fe.iiniing the 
.•^on^. "The Oirl Thai .Men Korget " 
The 14 young ihick.ns In rhe re- 
view offered sonic v. hiiiwind danc- 
ing .scenes that di'ew inl Im-ias; k' 
a ni''.inse. 

The etiifl incseiulng the 
show follows: 

f?li.airman eiit''f' linn-.f^tit rnnirnit- 
teo, Peter Zirnplier; d rector of 
siniw. Rob '/{imnier; li'isincss man- 
;it:er, Irving I. 11: own: sci iiery and 
i*;ir|ienlr.v, ,\lli(rT .\'..e:her; cos- 
luu'cs, Tony DcLiss: in-npt-rty man, 
,lidin OI:ev; in*tttitti nictnre projec- 
tlMnht. .Nii-k M.inal: li-htin?, ef- 
fectf. II,irry II S'niih: tailors, A. 
I''inkl" and A. Axl.r; •;la','i' m.inagor. 
.lames Ciapilli, .is'lslnl by .John 
r.inns. .lames Orililn. I'eler Ciinlon, 
.lake l*arlali», Lewis r.innnilli, Hy- 



Henry Ilnitim \ ,inilrvilllan. who 
i '.iKirig a flyei ..I li-git has com 
I'letfd the cast wju'li will suppoi'l 
liini III his revival of "I'.ben llolden. ' 
opening in I'ittsliejd, ,M,iss,, I»er. L'S, 

The rosier Intlud's Tine .Iame«. 
Larry Wood Ito^e Adelle. Francej 
Flowling and others. 

Mafonic ^Hospital Benefit Show in Chicago Big 
Success Financially, but Terrific Flop Artistically 
— Bill PlAys in Medinah Temple 

Chicago. Dec, 5. 

I'roof that a thing worth bavin:; 
is worth iiaying for was proved this 
week at .Medinah temple, where nn 
Indoor vaudeville show Is being 
given for ilie benefit of the Masonic 

By means of a plan In which .1. 
C. .Matthews Is interested, ticket* 
lo the show were sold by "Don:i- 
tion IU)ards." a variation of the 
punch board. Under the plan, no 
tlckit cdiild cost over 30 cents, and 
every puncher got a licK'Ct. More 
than :!0.ilOO tickets were sold d.illv 
and the house can stand 15,000 ad- 
nils ions a day at three shows. The 
shows was ache<iuled to run a 

The alti nd:ince the first week did 
rail 1 1100, Last Saturd:iy :iftcr- 
noon there were in the, Temple <inlv 
^4 adnlls .arid 02 chiidren. 

The bill Is maile nii of seven 
ads. Including .Marie Corelli ,'ind 
Co.: Art Adair; Three .Madcaps: 


Expected to Occur in Some 

Towns When Marcus 

Heiman Returns 

t*I Affnow; Matn s f'luf iind 

•Inn** 11 1 r> 1 i-x f^n\ HI , .Ti II I It i" 
While .Marimba Hand; Mlltoi 
Lehman, and the Four Hard-. 

rndii- Ihe cimtract niaile wiih W 
r. <'a:ilrMm to provide a sluiw. in- 
'■Iii(lii!L' orchestra, the M;'srj:is set 
aside $:).". (100, of which $1!),0(IO was 
lo pav rent. 

.Malihiws had nothing to do with 
Ihc shew t»r<iper. this havim.' been 
let on the l'i<l system with Canha;n 
as the su<'r'essfnl bidder, 

I'p to date atwiut $;'0n,000 ftna 
h((en hi-ought into the hospital forir' 
by the donation honr.l«- .'md I i-e:s 
are still selling, even Iholigh Ihev 
an- not lining used. 

Chicago, Dec. 5. 

Changes of policy ..lay be installed 
In the Orpheum (vaudeville) houses 
at St. Paul. DCS Moines, Omaha, 
SacranienIo and one or two othirs. 

It is said .Marcus Ileiman will 
give this his attention upon return- 
ing to New York next week. He is 
now in Chicago, 

The hou,ses mettloned have not 
been diring busiri'ss up to tli-i aver- 
age set .'or Ihe circuit. A change of 
I policy at Winnipeg workeil so well 
"" the remedy will be appiled to 
any Orplieum house not holding iij) 
at the box offi e. 

Chicago, Dec, 6. 

Behind a Federal Court proceed 
Ing brought here late last week by 
Julius Kendler and Monroe M. Gold 
stein. New York theatrical attorneya 
and investors In show property, 
against Irving Tlahman, Jamei 
O'Neal and Alexander Pantages, fol 
an accounting, receivership and diS' 
solution of partnership, lies an In. 
volved deal concerning Irving'! 
Imperial Midgets which Kendler t 
Goldstein and Tlahman & O'Neti 
brought over as a joint venture. 

Just before trial was .about td bj 
rea-'hed Friday before Judge Wll 
kinson. Sum Tlshnian paid thi 
plaintiffs $9,500 in cash in settle 
ment of all claims although then 
aro approximately $3,t)!)0 in out 
standing debts Tlshnian must nlsr 
assume In taking over the lawyers' 
end of the venture. 

Kendler & Goldstein who were re 
presented by Daniel M. Decvers. son 
of the mayor of Chicago, and Barre 
Hlumenthal, set forth their cauee 
for action In a lengthy complaint 
alleging that the partnership wa» 
:orn.-_l July 20, 1923, whereby they 
were to Import 20 midgets from 
Germany; that the complainants In- 
vested $5,000 and other oxpendU 
lures; that Tlshman and O'Neal de- 
fauUed on their share of the joint 
venture; that Irving Tlshman on 
OC 1. 1923. collected from Bert 
Hp.r.lon $142 which the partnership 
advanced and Tlshman failed to ac- 
count for; that Tlshman on Nov. 14, 
1323. collected $27C frcm Benny 
Ryan which the partnership ha<l 
loaned him and no accounting was 
made, sums re" r to cash 
loans made to Hanlon and Hyan 
who accompanied Goh'stein and 
Tiahman to Kurope in ipiest of tb« 

Tlshman & O'Neal are J4<il| 
charged in the complaint wiih de- 
ducting two Items of commlssiona 
from $125 each ..lleged paid on* 
Sllbert as commission of a contract 
between the partnership and the- 
Pjintages circuit. The act Is booked 
direct at $2,500 net \v >kly with 
Pan for 20 or more weeks. 

It is alleged "that said sums so 
charged were retained by the de- 
fendant, James O'Neal, unlawfully 
and without warrant or authority." 
It also alleged that O'Neal wrong- 
fully charged $12S a week for two 
weeks for hit managerial services 
In violation of the c^ntmct; that 
Pete Purcell, a stage hand was un- 
authorlsedly Increased $25 a weeH 
for five weeks; that Purcell's board- 
bills were charged to the co-part- 
nership and that no statements were 

The furnishing of a $10,000 surety 
bond to the U. S. Government 
figm-es in the complaint which Na- 
than S< der furnished and whom 
Tishman & O'Neal agreed to indem- 
nify to the extent of $6,000. Kendler 
& Ctoldstein to bear the balance. It 
Is alleged the plaintiffs feared If thai 
bond was not Indemnified In time 
as there Is danger through the de- 
findanta' tardiness, the ml<'.:ets 
n.ight be deported. The midgets are 
cstiniati-' as worth upwards of 
SirrO.OOO as show property. > 

For all of these reasons an ac- 
counting, p 'njunctlon to restrain 
the property leaving Chicago and a 
receivership of the partnerslilji was 
a lied, Pantages I'i.giired merely as 
a lechnlcil eo-defondant. 

The $ft,GOO settlement does not In- 
clude any provision for Kendler & 
Giililstcln's legal .■services rendered 
for which they will sue. according 
to the New York attorneys. 


Hoston. Dec, 5. 
As the result of otustions reg.ard- 
ing the n.e.ital res|ion> ildlity of .Mis-: 
Itlta McOovern of Allston. a toe 
dancer, who was «naU;ned before 
Iirdge I.otirie in Municipal Court, on 
tl.e charge of larceny of merchan- 
dise from flcprrrtment >trires, she 
ivas enmmJtte<r to the RHychopathi'- 
hospital for obsei vutlon. 


Watertown. N V,. Dec, 5. 

.lack Powell of tin .lack Pdwell 
fnTtrr. hrimiTrtng- at thp Otymrlf. 
mis^a^ged. the f.-rllini,' slide t«V the 
diunis and hurt him^elf .seriously, 
nece;-sit.itlng the act's canceling 
Itici and Montreal, The stage is 
a peculiar one for trick flops oi 
th'.t sort and probably had sbmei 
thing to do with the accHTent. 

After viirking two days follow- 
ing Ihe accident, I'm, c:l was force< 
to lake to ills bed on doctor'/ 

•'f-^—mm^'^.miA %...TM^ .ffiCi . 

p Thursday, December 6, 1928 






Pircct Bookings in Full Force by Summer— At Pret- 
V ent Only Limited Supply of Acts Required — 
Vaudeville Breaking Up > Week of Pictures 

Washington, Deo. 6. 
The War Department Is tast shap- 
. "ing Its plans for the direct bookinK 
of vaudeville- acts for the" posts 
throughout the country. It is all yet 
In the formative stage with the 
department rather, feeling Its way 
in the bookings. 

Several replies from acts scatter- 
ed throughout the Eastern country 
were received requesting bookings 
In response to the exclusive story 
published in Variety last week. A' 
p Jlu-ge percentage of these acts have 
r:'l)«en approved and are to receive 
f^: time, so states Michael W. Smith, 
f inaTiager of the local offices. 
■J- It Is stated that eaoh of jhe acts 
i replying have received word from 
i' the War Department. The further 
»( reQuest is made ^hat when acts re- 
I quest bookings that Information be 
i jlven "as to where reports can be 
[..jsbtained on the acts, also inclos- 
!■ ing programs of post appearances as 
B?"We1I as photographs. 
I The installing of vaudeville acts 
|- lias been undertaken with the idea 
^' In mind by the War Department of 
t relieving the stralgl^t picture policy 
|-:that has been In force since the es- 
'r tablishment of the picture service In 

[January, 1920, at which time the 
•everal welfare organizations ex- 
'plr*<5. R. B. Murray is now general 
• director of the Motion Picture ser- 
K Vice. The delve into the vaudeville 
t. iMoklngs Is being started trom the 
> local Potomac branch with the 
bookings so arranged as to make it 
possible for an act, when complet- 
Q ing one set of>camps, to Jump right 
through to the next series of camps. 

■ Salaries paid are on a par with 

r present booking loondltions with all 
expenses, other than meals, paid by 
.'sj. the department. 

I' There are now Ave branch offices 
ijT^f the service, which, when the plans 
m-e completed, will book direct, 
?'i[these being In addition to one here 
f' In Washington, under the direction 
f Cf M. W. Smith, New Tork City, 
f With offices at 39 Whitehall street, 
1^ Where the greater majority of the 
ft bookings will be confined to the 
r' ftummer when the National Guard 
i Iroes into camp as well as the C. M. 

■ 1". C. training camps. 

Dallas, M12'^ Main street, with 
I W. E. Christ In charge, will book 
{Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and New 
' Mexico. 

Kansas' City, Mo., Film Building, 
i, Vlth the entire middle west with 
f bookings conflned principally as In 
t' Kew York to the summer months, 
"■ fcnd Seattle, Wasli.. Film Building, 
! With Al F. Smith in charge, book- 
ing the far west. 
, In addition to these there are 11 
i;. theatres to be booked in Panama 
' from acts going <rom New Tork 
^. City to play engagements In Central 
i"; iind South America. Jamea Bayard, 
j ,_ ilt Cristobal, Canal Zone, is in charge 
:' tt this office. - ' 

[ 105 Theatres 

L The War Department chain con- 
* alsts of IDS theatres. Of these 45 
, -play pictures seven nights a week 
'. and It Is planned to put in vaude- 
L ville acts for two nights each month, 
t,.^ the bill consisting of six acts. 
^ Thirty-flvo play four nights a week 
r where It is planned one night each 
f month will be given over to vaude- 
i vine. In these latter camps, how- 
l ever, no large sets ean be used due 
r ■ to the buildings being of the welfare 
r type erected during the war. The 
^ acta will necessarily have to all be 
in "one" with possibly an occa- 
l Blonal act in "two." The balance 
of the houses play one and two 
nights a week of pictures; in these 
'. 4t Is planned to use singles exclu- 
>■ , Sively. 

Tkf route as tentatively arranged 

1 from the local branch opens In 

Camp Meade and will receive M 

^ ^Play dates out of 14 days, the addl- 

^ tlonal days being given over to 

,' travel. The other branch offices will 

F offer from five to six play dates out 

L of eight, while, of the houses play- 

[^ ing two nights of pictures a week it 

ll^ la hoped to arrange from 15 to 1ft 

, I consecutive play dates for act.s that 

I play in "one." Ifntil such time as 

, the plans have taken definite formi 

bookings are to be continued 

through the Russell agency In Phlla- 

Hslphia with such acts as are se- 

lected by the department through 
direct application being a«cured 
through Miss Russell, who has 
booked over 7,000 acta Into Camp 
Dlx alone. 

The United States Army Motion 
Picture Service books direct 46S 
picture programs a month trom the 
local offices, while the entire service 
buys 1,800 feature films a month 
with all the subsidiary features 
that go to make up a program. 

Mr. Smith has requested through 
Variety that the service be accorded 
the indulgence of the vaudeville 
performer until such time as their 
p'ans for direct booking are en- 
tirely worked out, and that those 
acts only that are in the near vi- 
cinity of Washington should at this 
thne communicate with the depart- 
ment for time. 


The Vanderbilts, Gymnasts, 

Probably Hold Gratis 



as Cinderella, starring in 


Barbara Bronell, a mKe of feml 
nlnity, attractive, a wonderful 
dancer and a vocalist in all that the 
word means, holds her audience In 
the hollow of her tiny hand through 
the weaving of the clever plot which 
takes her through the "I^and of 
Story Books." 

Press Agent, care Variety, New York 


Patched Up Again After Court Pro- 
ceedings ., 

What Is undoubtedly a record for 
benefits was established the week 
before last by the Vanderbilts, 
gymnasts, who played no less than 
nine of affairs within seven 
days. The act since its return from 
the middle west had been laying off 
unable to receive bookings for six 
or seven weeks. This week they are 
filling i;. for IiOew at the Orpheum. 
on 86th street. 

The act went through their stren- 
uous equillbristic routine at every 
one of the benefits. While their 
appearance at the affairs waa op- 
tional the men received no remun- 
eration of any sort, except the re- 
funding of their taxi fares. 

The various benefits were: 

Sunday night— N. V. A. Club. 

Monday nlglit — Charity affair, 
Waldorf Astoria, 

Tuesday night — Keith Colored 
Bmployes, Star Casino 

Wednesda.- afternoon — 'Home for 

Wedneeday night — Honor lieglon 
Police Department, Commodore 

Thursday n:oht — An uptown Ca- 
tholic church. 

Friday night — Palm Garden and 
then doubled to the Astor Hotel, 
West Point Cadets. 

Saturday night — Off. 

Sljnday night — Apollo Theatre. 


Lionel Atwill, whose "Heart of 
Cellini'* had a short life, will open 
on the Keith time In a sketch by 
Edgar Allan Woolf December 10. 
His salary will be 12,000 a week. 

Rose & Curtis book the act. 


Frederick J. Nicholls to Vera W. 
Atwood Nov. 80 in New York. Both 
are In the profession. 

Peter Loxley Firth, film dlrec- 
director, and Jessie B. Whiting of 
Carthage were marrlM at Carthage, 
N. Y.,-Nov. 29, by the Rev, L. E. 
Grabeau, rector of Grace church. 
The bride is a North Country 
newspaper woman. 

Kuth Scafford, musical comedy 
actress, has married, and retired 
from the stage. She became the 
wife, Monday, of Walter Davidson. 
a business man of Scranton, Fa., 
and the couple will make theli home 
there. The ceremony yfun per- 
formed In Brooklyn, at the Catholic 
Church of Our Lady of Lourdcs. 

The Billy Kents have patched up 
again. Nq one can keep track of 
their "oft agaln-on again" cycles. 

In the West Side Court Saturday, 
Billy, hailed before Magistrate Sll- 
berman for disturbing the peace, 
promised to behave and keep away 
from his wife, Elsie. The latter had 
to call in an officer early Saturday 
morning to preserve the peace when 
Kent left his Lambs' Club quarters 
to call on her at the N. V. A., where 
she was stopping. 

Julius Kendler (Kondler & Gold- 
stein), who Is both the Kents' friend 
and legal mentor, was responsible 
for their patching up once before. 
At the Saturday hearing In court 
he urged the fact that Kent litid a 
matinee to make In "Battling But- 
tler" at the Selwyn, New York, 
which caused the dismissal of the 

Early this week the Kents again 
were together. 


Famous Players Providing Against Another "Shut 
Down" — Offering Stars for Vaudeville at Pic- 
• ture Salaries 


Producer of Midgets' Act' Will ^'^'^ ?"""' °". '"• V""*^'"* """• 

" kot doing business through Harry 

Place Show on B'way 
in Spring 

Leo Singer, • producer of the 
midget tfoupe bearing his name, 
win sponsor a novelty revue on 
BriOadway next spring for a summer 
try. It Is touted by Slider as being 
something different In revue lines 
than ever seen on this side with Im- 
ported novelty turns the features. 

Herb Ward of the H. Robert Law 
scenic stuAlos has gone ajnroad In 
Singer's behalf to scout around for 
the scenic end of it. 

Singer's Midgets will b« In the 
revue for one number, otherwise the 
production will be comprised of nor- 
mal principals. 

Singer has two midget turns 
working for Keiths no^. A new 
16-peopIe panft>mime act Is playing 
in Troy, N. Y., this week and la 
featuring the Yuletlde Idea for Its 
pre-holiday run. After Christmas It 
will be shaped as a straight vaude- 
ville offering, but will still be com- 
pletely In pantomime. A dozen 
midgets and four other people are 
In the cast. The other single midget 
act will be at Keith's Hippodrome. 


G. 8, Melvln. an English comic 
never appearing over here previ- 
otMly, starts a Keith tour at the 
Orpheum, Brooklyn, N. T., March 

The Marinelll office arranged the 


All future contracts between 
Famous Players and its stars or 
stock people will contain a vaude- 
vllle clause, enabllns Famous to 
"farm" the stars out in {he event 
of another shut down on production. 

Famous Is now unloading Its high 


Webe^ who has authority to book 

practically every F. P. star under 


Weber has been offering the pict- 
ure stars to ttve vaudeville bookers 
at the same salaries they received 
In pictures plus travelling expenses 
and commissions. 

The Famous Players has collabo- 
rated to (he extent of giving him a 
list of all salaries paid to picture 
artists available for vaudeville and 
canvassing the artists as to whether 
they had viudeville vehicles ready > 
In tKe event they were booked. 

In the latter event Weber will 
supply the sketch or act and charge 
the picture artist a weekly royalty 
which will be paid to the writer 
supplying the act. 

Ernest Torrence waa booked this 
week for four weeks In the Coast 
Orpheum houses, two In San Fran> 
cIsco and two in Los Angeles. Pola 
Negri and Bebb Daniels also have 
been booked by the Orpheum otr- 
cult for six weeks. 

Thursday Night Usually Set Apart — Five Acts for 
$100 — Dance Crowds Demand Better Calibre 
of Turn 



Alfrrtl E. Anrons Is recovering 
from a painful abdomln.ll operation 
performed at the Lexington Hos- 
pital two weeks ago. He returned 
to his office this week. 


Denman Maley, "The 


The practise of many standard 
acts playing the various dance halls 
under assumed names and risking 
detection by the various booking 
managements that do not counte- 
nance this sort of promiscuous pub- 
lic entertainment may get a num- 
ber of them into a jam. The acts, 
playing at houses adjacent to dance 
halls or in that vicinity, usually fig- 
ure they are making some extra 
money, but they heed little of the 
attendant risk. 

No dance hall In New York or 
Chicago, OF any city, can pay over 
tlOO gross for Its three or four ex- 
tra acts a week. These acts are 
only played on one night a week — 
Thursdays generally — as that Is a 
notoriously poor night to draw 'em 
for straight dancing. Coupled with 
the acts, the natural "off' condition 
is Bufnciontly counterbalanced to 
attract the extra admissions. In- 
cidentally, the ritiMiagcmcnta usual- 
ly lose out on It on Thursday even- 
ings, but that they come and keep 
coming la believed to be good pol- 

It is obvious that the acts don't 
average over $20 or 125 for that 
night's work. It Is UMual'y $10 and 
115 from knowledge. The dance 
handle "coffee and cake" acta, but 
stage rigged up for the acts w'hich 
present tholr umial vaudeville rou- 
tine for a comparatively small sti- 

It was formerly the practise of 
lift agents that specialize in book- 
ing talent for these dance halls to 
handle "soffee and sake" acts, 'but 
It has been found Impracticable. 
The people that patronize the dance 
( halls, paylnc 66 cents to tl.lO ad- 

mission, each usually know what 
It's all about and any Introduction 
of mediocre talent only boomerangs 
for the management on the follow- 
ing Thursdays. Therefore only good 
acts are In demand and most always 
recruited from the ranks of cur- 
rently employed turns. This in- 
cludes several cabaret acts also who, 
before they go on for their stuff 
after 11, are not adverse to doing a 
show somewhere earlier In tfle 
evening at a figure much below 
their supper club price. It's a pe- 
culiar situation for an act, plc^ring 
In a high couvert place, also taking 
on pop dates just for the few ext^a 
dollars. / 

Many a dan(!e turn. Incidentally 
that has tried playing dance halls 
has also expressed Itself "off" any 
further such dates. The dance hall 
bands which play a naturally fast 
tempo cannot adjust themselves to 
the proper exhibition step tempo, 
with the result It spells a "flop" 
since no rehearsals are possible, the 
acts merely coming In, handing their 
music to the band and going 
through the usual motions. 

The music angle, also. Is still an- 
other problem. With singing acts, 
using special orchestrations. It pre- 
sents a now rlr;{ of enticing their 
music aw.ay from the regular house 
orchestra at which they are playing 
In order to make possible to l>all- 
room date. It requires much diplo- 
macy on the woman member's part 
of a team usually to hoodwink the 
orchestra leader who may not be so 
"dumb" as the porformor thinks. 
With so many avenues for leaks It 
15 surprising acts risk IC 


Woman World's Champion Feathsr* 

weight Says Jones and Qrsen 

Copped Her Nam* 

Al. Jones and Morrte Green better 
watch their step or it. Is quite pos- 
slble that on one of these fine evO' 
ning's little Gene Lamar, the world's 
champion woman featherweight. Is 
going to step rlgtit In on them at the 
Winter Garden and lose her Gaelle 
composure and cut loose a few jabs 
and swings. 

Gene Is a pretty sore girl and 
thinks the "Greenwich Village FoU 
lies" management has not only don* 
her an Injustice but Injured her pro- 
fessional reputation, not only as • 
pugilist but also as an actress. "■- 

They have given a girl, mind yoa 
just a show girl In the "O. V. Fol- 
lies" her name and the girl has ad- 
mitted to Gene that the latter part 
of the name doesn't belong to her 
at all. That happened after Gene 
offered to stage an athletic number 
for them showing the girls going 
through the real thing In physical 
culture stunts just as they do at 
Gene's studio up on Riverside Drive. 

Gene Is French. Oene has put on 
the gloves right on that same Win- 
ter Garden stage with Bennle I,eon^ 
ard, and exchanged rights and lefts 
with some of the boys on the Madi- 
son Garden Roof. Gene has tem- 
perament and Oene has temper and 
if she ever loses the latter, Al and 
Morrle better beat It for the^Igh 
grass, 'cause she carries a punch 
and she is looking for satisfaction. 


"The Togl Man," tabloid musical 
by Jack Arnold and A. Baldwin 
Sloane, produced by Henry BellltU 
Cast includes Walter Ware, Nellie 
Lynch, Jack Collins and six dancing 
girls. ' 

Baker and King, two-act. 

The newly formed dancing team 
of Jose Cansino and Marlon WII- 
kens separated recently in the west. 
CansIno hna returned to the Can- 
alno Family act. Miss WJlklns Is 
soon to be seen with a new partner. 

Armstrong and Phelps, two-man 
songs and piano. 

Lucille Ballcntlne Revue, 10 peo- 
ple. Including a six-piece band, pro- 
duced by Joe Sullivan. 

McCarthy and Stemard, who have 
been heading a three -people act, 
have discarded It and are doing • 
double act. 

Rao Heaney and Co., "The TorrR" 
Boy," four people^ tabloid musical 

Mlldrod Fischer and Band (T 

Knwley and King, two-act. -» 

Mile. Stephanie, dance olassique* 

Ruth Warner, posing. 

Frank Redding and Co., four pee- 
jile, comedy skit. 

Hone and Sterling, two-aot 



Thursday, December 0, 1923 



Special M*«ting Voted for It by 
No. 1 

Orders Issued Requiring Keith Office to Get Up 
Questionnaire — No More Evasive Answers — 
Dialog Called For 

Every houw In Mnssaohuvetlj* will 
be coiniielled to tile with the li- 
cenHe commissioner. State House, 
Boston, a brief synopsia and de- 
Bcription of the acta booked for nil 
of their Sunday concerts, begin- 
ning Sunday, Dec. 2, 19:;3. 

The former doscrlpllons, such a.^ 
"violin selectlon-i," "comedy talk- 
ing," "musjcal acts," "comedy musi- 
cal," "airs and selections," will not 
be approved. The descriptions must 
state what songs are to bo sung. 
What selections are to be played, 
what Is said In a general way In 
comedy sketches and talking, etc. 

Notice was given tliat after the 
a))ove date, failure iif so bill upon 
the program any act, pketch or oth- 
er entertainment will be followed 
by disapproval of the license appli- 
cation for that particular bill Sun- 
day. Any further Infractions will 
be considered sufflcient cause for 
the final disapproval of any subse- 
quent license and program contain- 
ing vaudeville, for any theatre or 
person so offending. 

The Keith office, following the re- 
ceipt of the ultimatum, got up a 
questionnaire, which will be sent 
to all acts booked In Mujsvachusetts 
for the Sunday concerts. The ques- 
tionnaire will be utilized to supply 
the descriptive deflciencies of the 
dra.^tlc order whioh would other- 
wise entail vast clerical work and 
practically mean the creation of a 
new department to receive de«crlp- 
tlve matter about every act In 
vaudeville that may sooner or later 
play a MaJMachusetts Sunday con- 


"Flashes" N o t Interesting 
» Small Timers — Expense 
Too Heavy 


Obstacles to Title on Seventh Ave.- 
50-S1it Street Property 

The car barn of the Broadway 
and Seventh avenue railroad com- 
pany, at Seventh avenue and 60th 
to 51st street will not be converted 
into an amusement amphitheatre by 
John Rlngling and E. F. Albee as 
originally intended. 

It is understood the showmen 
gave up the plan after investiga- 
tiona disclosed opposition from the 
minority stockholders, who wanted 
it sold at auction. 

To obtain a clear title to the prop- 
erty tremendous litigation would be 
necessary to unravel the financial 
intricacies of the property. 

independent producers are gradu- 
ally bowing nut on production acts. 
When the tip went out several 
weeks ago that both big and sjnall- 
time circuits were eager for this 
type of act many of the Indepen- 
dents placed fl.'ishes In rehear!>al. 
but few actually accomplished book- 
ings. Now they are off the (lashes 
for good, and all times. 

One independent that lined up 
four of tli»se production aeta, with 
only one hitting for time, claims an 
independent ha.4 Httle chance of 
placing hisjact-!* unless sending them 
through an enfranchised agent. The 
production cost, tlie payroll, the 
.'.gent's cut, and other Incidental 
expenses, eat up any possible chance 
of pront. and more often the pro- 
duction act is an expcflslve luxury, 
according to this producer's way of 

Another bankroll wrecker is said 
to be expenses entailed during the 
show period, when they bar<»ly gel 
enough to cover He 
pointed out that If his cast con- 
tained any standard players he 
could not Juggle them at will, but 
would have to pay salaries after the 
first week, despite whet the act was 
gettiiLg from the bookers. 

At a special meeting of the New 
York local of the stage hands' unl3n, 
Theatrical Protective Union No. 1, 
held for the purpose of deciding 
whether a special convention of the 
I. A. should be called a vote of 581 
was recorded ,for the convention, 
three against It and three of the 
587 members present tailed to vote 
either way. 

The proposed special convention 
of the I. A. voted for by the New 
York local has for Its objective the 
clearing up of the }78,0«0 deflclt of 
the international organization (I. A. 
T. S. C), alld^ged in an auditor's re- 
port sent out by I. A. officials sev- 
eral weeks ago to consist of unac- 
counted for expenditures of Chas. 
C. Shay, ex-president of the I. A. 
The New Tork local believes a spe- 
cial convention Investigating the 
alleged deflclt would vindicate Shay, 
who is a member of the New York 
local, and who occupied the presi- 
dency of the parent orgau zation 
for 14 years. The I. A. executive 
board forced Shay's resignation In 
Portland, Oregon. Oct. 1. 

Shay, requested to appear before 
the executive board recently to ex-. 
plain the^fTS.OOO deflcit, did not do 
so. No action was taken by the 
board regarding Shay's non-appear- 
ance, the matter of the deflclt being 
postponed as regards further inves- 
tigation until February, when 
another executive board meeting 
win be held. 

The next convention of the I. A 
ordinarily, unless a special conven- 
tion is called, will be held in June. 
It will take a two-thirds vote of 
the locals to secure a convention 
before June. 


Association of Agents Formed — Regulations Made^ 
Agencies Held Under Threats — ^Association and 
Keith's Western Hear of It 


Show Closed with Bang — 

Klein Managing New Shu- 

bert House 

Arthur Kleins "What a 'Wife" 
closed Saturday with a bang. The 
attraction had been playing on the 
"commonwealth" plan the last week. 

The "extras" were subtracted from 
the gross before the cast was paid 
off which netted each player about 

Klelh Is to manage the new Shu- 
bert house on 45th street (Imperial). 
It Is between the Music Box and 
Klaw entrances. The house will 
open Xmas nlgl^ with "Mary Jane 

Klein was formerly the booking 
chief for the defunct Shubert Ad- 
vanced Vaudeville * circuit. The 
booking ofnces . have disappeared 
from their former building on 45th 
street and the Shubert Advanced 
Vaudeville sign removed. 



And Other 

Orders for 



|3attle Creek, .Mich , Pec. 5. 

Building of a 2,0U0 seat theatre In 
Flint, Mich., was authorized by the 
Hoard of Directors of the Bijou 
Theatrical Enterprise company, of 
which W. S. Butterfleld Is president, 
at their meeting held here. The 
directors also voted to have the 
Majestic. Kalamazoo, remodelled, to the seating capacity from 
1,400 to 1,900. 

Ground for the new house In Flint 
will be broken In February with the 
alterations of the Kalamazoo house 
beginning May 1. Uoth houses are 
to be completed for the September 
opening and will play vaudeville 
and motion pictures. 

A notice sent around to the Keith 
agvnt.s by Dayton 'Wegefarlh. Mon- 
day, .supplementing a previou.^ notice 
iseuPil Thursday, says in effect tlic of agents failing to report 
for duty Sundays must be stopped 

The hours design.ited by AVegc- 
farth for agents to be in their of- 
(ices Sundii.vs hereafter are from 
11 a. m. to 2 p. m. Also the .ngents 
must make arrangements to com- 
municate with their office at 5 ji m 

Tlio |)ievions order to agcnlt" in- 
struct int; them to report li.icU to 
their iilliies after the .Monday and 
Thtnsd.iy matiiiee.s and not call it 
a day after ciitching the split weelt 
opening m.its. was also repented in 
the new edict ffxing agents' hours. 

Absence Felt — Too Much Imitation Among Small 
Time Comedians — Dancers, Singers and Chonu 
Girls Are Plentiful 


Tie Up With Vancouver Daily for 
Joint Publicity 


Dallas, Dec. 5. 

The Hapi)yland has Men Iea;ed 
l>y N. A. Carter and will be known 
as the Lyric. It opened last week 
with a tab. 

The Happyland got a black cje 
recently when alle^red instances of 
liquor selling were discovered at the 

Following charges preferred be- 
fore the grand Jury, the theatre was 
allowed to operate only under a 
heavy bond. 

Fight Film Announced In K. C. 

Kansas <'ity, Dec. 5. 
The Pantages management h.ive 
announced that the picture of the 
Dempse^Gibbons fight in Sliiili.\ 
will be shown here wceU i.f Di-e. 8, 
J^ Is not known just what will hap- 
pen, but the I'an ollicers sa.\ the.\ 
-have shown the pictures in S'. I.ouis 
nnd do not expect any interference 

Vancouver, B. C Dec. 5. 
Kruiios, the strong roan, is the theatrical person to break into 
print on the "Daily 'World" front 
page here In a number of ye.irs A 
tie up was arranged by the paper 
whereby the strong man would do 
sonic of his feats «f Rtn'Ogth In 
front of its office during his en- 
gngempiit at the Orpheum. 

Kronoa mounted a truck to do 
his stuff. First he drove five spiltes 
through a plank with his fist. Then 
the etrong man showed ■« trick 
which had their hair standing on 
ends. He took an iron bar. pre- 
viously pronounced tough by an 
Ironworker, and bent it into the 
.'^haiie of a horseshoe. 

Hiisiness at the Orpheum was ca- 
pacity for the bal.ince of the week 
as the result of Krotios" exhibition. 


A new producing firm to exploit 
the writliiKS of William the 
aiilhiir. hae been formed by Kdilie 
.Mack, the clothier, and Jerry Mitch- 
cock, the vaudeville agent. 

The new llrm will pro<liire vaude- 
ville Hits and other then' pro- 
dui'lions from Dugan's pen. 

While there never has been an 
overabundance of vaudeville come- 
dians, the shortage this season Is 
particularly noticeable. 

Everywhere may be heard the 
plaints of those who might be able 
to put out double the number of 
new acts could they locate comics 
within the price range. 

Specialty dancers are easily ob- 
tainable, and at low figures, while 
singers and chorus girls are nearly 
as plentiful. 

But all these arc made, and not 
born with the goods, and It Is In 
the latter class comedians aje In- 

Some claim tJie desirable comedi- 
ans are grabbed by big producers, 
and no one wants the other kind. 

It Is claimed most blackface co- 
medians do a Jolson with a touch 
of Cantor, the "Dutch" copy the 
mannerisms of Sam Bernard, *the 
nuts copy one another, and so on. 
That Is why, when a Joe Cook. 
Bert Wheeler or Tom Patrlcola 
comes along with nomething a little 
new he Is acclaimed to the skies. 

The laugh shortage seems to Ue 
general this year. Every one of 
Broadway's mammoth musical re- 
vues this season has received one 
definite criticism. Although the 
girls, costumes, sets, mechanical 
Ideas and color have been declared 
better than ever, or at least up to 
the st.indard, the comedy «nd most 
of the comics have been swooped 
upon by press .ind public. There 
have been laughs, nut with few ex- 
ceptions they do little credit to this 
year's crop of fun.'tcrs or humorous 

The legitimate does nut need co- 
medians as badly as the small time, 
which, without new laugh makers 
to brighten up Us "miniature musi- 
cal comedies" and sketches has to 
depend on the old standbys^ There 
are some gx>od ones In this latter 
classification, but the public is look- 
ing for new Ideas. 

Three-a-day executives. lament- 
ing the number of comedian.'! la so 
wholly out of proportion with the 
numoer of hoofers and singers, gi** 
this as one of the main reasons 
why vaudeville conditions generally 
are not what they should be in the 
smallci division. 


Discussing ' Plan to increase 
Income — Reverse of Pres- 
ent Conditions 

Chicago, Dec. 6. 
A group of local agents want to 
run the 'Western 'V'audevllle Man- 
agers' Assn. and the B. F. Keith 
Western booking office. Patterning 
their endeavors along ' anarchistic 
lines, the agents have formed a 
Union of Artists' Representatives, 
for the purpose of regulating the 
business as they see fit and to de- 
termine who will and win not be 
recognised on the booking floors. 

The agents are determined their 
course is right and have become so 
serious in their policy of operation 
they Informed one agency If it did 
not conform with the rules of the 
new organization and abide by the 
decision of Its executive board, the 
latter wotftld personally see to it 
.that acts would desert the agency 
and that they woul^ use their in- 
fluence In having the agency denied 
tbe privilege of the two booking 

Indications point that the career 
of this new "artists' union" will be 
as rocky as that of one formed two 
years ago by a group of independ- 
ent agents. 

'When the "anarchists" here who 
have decided among themselves to 
revolutionize vaudeville delivered 
the ultimatum to the agency it 
would have to comply with rules and 
do as told, that agency Immediately 
tendered Its resignation from the as- 

The agency, prior to resigning, 
consulted with the heads of the 
W. V. M. A. and Keith Western 
booking ofnces, Informing them of 
the conditions imposed by the asso- 
ciation and wliat Its Intentions wera. 
As a result of the attitude of the 
resigning agency, a number of other 
agents who had the law laid down 
to them by the new association ar« 
showing fight. It Is understood that 
at the next meeting of the new or- 
ganization a number of withdraw- 
als will be received. 

Several of the local agents dur« 
Ing the past week found it an op- 
portune time to make a business 
trip to New York, feeling that it 
would be an appropriate reason for 
remaining away from the meetings, 
where a few seem to be swinging 
the body. 

Song writers are seriously dis- 
cussing a plan to tax vaudeville 
houses for the popular purbllshed 
songs used by the acts on the vari- 
ous bills In and around Greater New 

The move is engendered by the 
wide swaths cut Into the royalties 
of the song writers since the advent 
of "radio." The sheet music and 
mechanical sales have been slaugh- 
tered by the popular concerts broad- 
casted by the radio companies. 

The plan tinder consideration calls 
for the taxing of each vaudeville 
house, the tax to be compiled ac- 
cording to the capacity and box- 
office scale of the theatre. 

The co-operation of the music 
publishers is said to have been as- 
sured. The writers, however, feel 
they can force the music publishers 
to co-operate In forcing the vaude- 
ville houses to help restore the in- 
roads made in revenues by radio. 

The writers jrgue that for years 
popular songs have been given to 
singers gratis In order to facilitate 
snie« and help put the songs over. 
The radio has changed all this. If 
a song becomes a hit, the public, 
instead of buying a mechanical roll 
or a copy of the song, hear It broad- 
cast via the radio and are satisfied 

The writers feel that they are de- 
serving of remuneration from the 
vaudeville houses for supplying the 
acts with songs that tiic theatre Is 
the beneficiary of. 

The Idea Is revolutionary inas- 
much us the present practice is Just 
the reverse, the houses feeling; they 
arc doing The publisher a favo^ when 
Ihe.v allow his rcpre.qentatlves b.ack- 
siage to Interview acts. 


Loew Chief Warns Agents Against 
Slashing for Other Tims 

Jake Lubln, of the Loew offlc% 
has Issued a warning to all agents 
booking Loew time that any on* 
who cuts salaries for other circuits 
will be suspended from the Loew 

The ultimatum is said to be the 
result of a practice whereby agents 
book In acts on a no-contract bast* 
and then accept cuts ranging from 
$10 upward to keep acts working on 
the circuit. 


Arrested on a charge of disorderly 
conduct 'Monday night, a man who 
said he was Ralph Bayhl, president 
of the N. 'V. A. Theatrical Transfer 
Co., was held In »IOO ball for fur- 
ther examination. The police say 
he had an altercation with a woman 
In a hallway at 2M West o5th street, 
where he w.-is found bleeding from 
the mouth. He claimed to have 
been beaten by three men. 

Helen Coyne and HrnrI French 
I formerly of "Gingham Girl"), re- 
tiirnltiK to vaudeville with n dan'in;; 

Lafayette Players' Judgment 
Three Judgment.) for 11,591.50, 
J1,933.04 and $2,11650 were entered 
this week in the City Court by 
Julius Finn, a downtown business 
man, Robert Levy, Isaac 
Levy and the I^atayette Players 
Corp. The actions were on a series 
of notes for mono!i''« loaned. 

The I,evys operate the I^afayette 
theat.e in the Harlem "black bell." 

Isis, Grand Rapids. Closed 

Chicago. Dec. 5. 
The IkIs at fJrand Rapids, which 
went on Hilly Diamond's l)Oiii<." Oct. 
21, ploying four acts a split week, 
has closed, and it Is announced tb.Tt 
vaudeville has been discontinued. 

Thursday, December 6. 1923 

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Declaration of Continuation for 
Amusement! — Fair Secretaries 
' Johnson to Speak 

Clean Outdoor 
I nterested — Ask 

Chicago, r?. 5. 
'iii3 leading carnival o*nPr». cora- 
prislns the best men In the business, 
In convention here this weev i ave 
'•dded impetus for the Rood name 
Ot the cainival throughout the coun- 
try LhrouTh a renev.-ed declnntlon 
'for clean outdoor amusements. Over 
S50 cars (Vallioad) are by 
the mpiiil ?rs. " A Inrge mnJorUy of 
thoae in use tranrportins carnivals 
' This de:;l'iratlon whs In tie form 
ot the showmen's lejislathe com- 
mittee r.-pleotlns Tom L. Johnron 
as Us heail or ih rcnUty a.< dlctalor 
•f the oulJoor show busldets. 

Til? election or Johnson one year 
«go. ns sc'o public representative ot 
the carnivals, cnrrled with in p 
pledge ot clean ahows thr;iur!i .lohn- 
•on issuing an announcement to tlint 

The formation of the lo3l.-.liitive 
coinmlUce nnd Johnson to lc:.d It, 
carried nelslit. During llie fo.i:on 
end^-d l;i;ely carnival n;"n of the 
better cl-.W) found a slowly but 
Sradun'ly changing linprefjiioii 
•iistlns. Whereas trie countiy-s ilf 
had p'a cd all carnivals in one 
clusslilcrit'on. the formation of Hi" 
leriKue fnil Johnson's annoiinoeineni 
had csreciully educated the press to 
the fact tlie legislative commitipe 
intend.-d lo hrins; about a division 
through il.-i stand tor clean amuse- 

It Is believed by showmen now In 
Chicago ihat ihe action of the show- 
tnep's legislative committee in en- 
dorsing its leader and re-ele.-ilng 
him -for another term will clncU the 
already formed conviction that there 
are good carnivals with responsible 


Season Doesn't Look Favor- 
able for Indoor Circuses — 
Asked Guarantee 

Be-nrsc Ihe HaBcnberk-Wa'iaoc 
circus people did not think this sea- 
son auspicious for th?ir "invasion" 
of Greater Xcw YcrU wiih a winter 
circus, it wn.'=i de Ided tiiis we'U to 
!•' andoii the pro|:osition and deter 
it until next winter, when it is hor>cc; 
it will be one fnoro talcn up and 
gone thron.?h ivitii. Tlie general ib- 
bing of business in the midwest 
prompted the II- W executives to 
ciose their show Dec. IG. followins 
the Toronto d<i»e. The circus waj* 
to have come into New Yoijt fiom 

Hugcne Colrr, the eon of Publl'' 
ic • ;i . ■ -.i) 



this week (t*c. 3>. Completing 
00th connectitive week of greater 
Keith IhcalrcM. These supreme 
rymnasts, the greatest of contcr- 
tionists. "drew unusual returns" at 
Ihe Palace. New York, aald 

Direction Uouis Splelmun 

.Milic Nfcdham died in the depot 
of the New York, New Haven ami 
Haitford It. R. at K.iU Ri\cr. Mass.. 
Deo. 3. He was 72 years oid and a 
member of the "Tango Shoot" 
vauucvillc act for several years 
previous to his d;ath. 

Mr. N'eedham was a dancer who 
learned it In the old variety school 
He entered the show business In his 
early twenties. He played In the 
variety houses and concert IialU of 
iho period from IST'i to ISdS. also 
.vlth the farce comedi"s and combl- 
autloii hhows ot the day. 

When vaudeville supetcodcd vari- 
"ty Needhim went right along with 
ihe new type of amusement appear- 
ing as a standard turn with Chaa. 
IC"ll' for a number of se.isons. Mr. 
I'ellv I', with the "Tango Shoes" 
i-t, jolr.Ing it with Necdii^-m. The 
'cre;i':cd left a wiCe. VIv an Wood 
"ho Is of the "Tnn'io Shoes" act. 
Mr. Xeedham had been 111 but a 
■ v hour.s before his d^ith having 
I'Tarcrt at Fall River tho n evl'iin 
cei; and was enroule to Brockton 
hen he died. 

Juliet," Mt Ihe I'nion Square thea- 
tre some years ago, and In othtr 
productions at that hous?. 

At the time of his death he was 
not connected with the stage. 

He i> survived by his widow, two 
daughters, three sisters, and un- 
othtr brother beside Walter. 


Says She Has Enough to Main- 
tain Herself — Wanted 
, $1,000 Weekly 

owners who have the wcKare of 
their business at henrt nnd who wish 
to be distinguiahcd from the Irre- 
Bpoiisible.s who have given the busi- 
ness a bad name In the past. 

Concrete evidence of this reversal 
of public sentiment oc?urred during 
the legislative commiltee's conven- 
tion held Monday and Tuesdiiy Also 
this week conventions are being held 
of fair secretaries, also International 
and state fairs and expositions. Mr. 
Johnson was Invited to address the 
fair men as the spokesman for the 
carnival aiid as the representative 
of clean outdoor amusement. It was 
a big achievement to have accom- 
plished within a single year and de- 
notes the possibilities of the line of 
campaign these leading carnival men 
have detilded upon. 

The Car Owners Managers A.sso- 
ielatlon, known as the COMA, formed 
10 years ago to nght inimical legis- 
lation Injurious to railroading ot all 
outdoor shows, entered an applica- 
tion to the showmen's legislative 
committee to be taken in the com- 
mittee and with Johnson to handle 
its affairs. ^ 

Solid Front 
During the year, w'hlle some alight 
Internal dissensions became spoken 
of among league members, these did 
not go beyond the show circles. All 
of the league members did not agree 
on iKilicy of operation, but the con- 
vention this week has smoothed out 
nil of the wrinkles nnd Johnson has 
a solidified group of roprosentatlve 
outdoor showmen behind him. Tom 
A. Wolfe, Con T. Kennedy and oth- 
ers, who were undecided before the 
convention whether to resume their 
activity with it, went into the fold 
along with the rest. 

The Showmen's Legislative league 
voted Johnson $20,000 yearly as .'al- 
ary, and raised an Immediate fund of 
$50,000 a.s a surplus for the league 
to nporiite with. 

Tiie league's convention i-Ioscd In 
perfect li.irniony. All nf the mem- 
bers with their families iittended the 
ball of the Showmen's Iitigue (an- 
other organization) at the Congress' 
gold room last night. 

Kor the fourth time. Malge Har: 
I has taken her matrimoniiil dllliciil- 

ties with Max Hart, the agent, to 
court. New York Suprerre Coir 
Justice r.eorge \'. MuMan's ruiin:; 
this week on her prayer tor $I.I00 
weekly alimony and $3.r>00 counsel 
fees speaks for itself: 

"This Is the forrth matilmorii il 
action brought again-st the defend- 
ant by this capricious and 
plalntift. I find that the income she 
is receiving from her husband under 
a separation agreement Is sulflclent; 
(Continued on page 4.'>) 


Ike Rose, owner of the Ike Rose 
Royal Midgets Troupe, was removed 
to the psychopathic ward of Belle- 
vue Hospital Wednesday of last 
week, following what Is believed to 
have been an iimiuccessful attempt 
at suicide. Rose Jumped from the 
Greenwich artd Kranklln street sta- 
tion of the Ninth avenue elevated 
road, landed In front of an oncoiVi- 
Ing train, and a train of seven 
coaches passed over his body with- 
out seriously Injuring him. 

Rose had been suffering from 
mental depression for several days 
prior to his commitment to Belle- 
vue. Early this week Mr. Hose was 
discharged from Bcllcvue In the 
custody of his wife. 


Keith's Pop Time Department It- 
■uci Nctice 

Artists visiting the Keiih pop 
pricrd department In the ralncc 
theatre building. New York, are In- 
vited lo report unusual courlesy, 
discourtesy or make suggs'stions to 
promote the lomfort ot visitors in 
h? lal;st bulletin issued by S Wis 
iey l-'.aser. manager of thy ('<i>iirt- 

The bulletin follows: 
To tht Artliita- ■ 
I should be glad If you would 
report any unusual courtesy on 
the part of onr employes. No 
att' ndant i« permitted to accept 
M gratuity for any service, and 
I am as anxiou.s lo recognixe 
efficiency as to cheek di.s- 
eonrteRy or rudeness. If you 
would give me any suggestion 
for perfecting our service and 
adding to your comfort in the 
popular price theatres depart- 
ment of the B. V. Keith Vaude- 
ville Exchange, I should be ex- 
trimely grateful. 
Yours sincerely, 

•C. Wcslcj) Fraarr. 

Tom McXaughton, husband of 
Alice Lloyd and brother of Chnrlea 
and H.irry McNaughton. died in 
London Nov. 28. after an illness of 
more than a year. Ills wife waa 
at the bedside when he died, 

Mr. McNaughton, who was born 


our briovpfl pnt 


who passed away 
licfcmbrr 111). Itil 





Pi'h- rd Loop, dancer and biaek- 
f: ee eo'nediaii. dii>d nt the Will- 
ian.M>o:t; Pa.. City Home, aged 79. 
af'cr having bee.) in falling health 
for h\z months. 

IJirk dr. fled Ifflo Willlam|port 
in the days when Ulman's Upcra 
house was Ihe mofit important 
111: yii'iUM- in that City, lonkin;; for 
■I Job. Haywood's "Varieties" was 
on till bou'-ds at Ihe time an a per- 
m; nent llxture and Dick «rts given 
•1 tr>oiit to see what he could do. 
He m:ide an Immediiite hit. 

When liiman's closed, giving way 
lo Elliot's Academy of Music, tiuill 
in 11:70, Dick remained in Williams- 
poit. He entered Ihe City Home on 
J:iM. .1 last. Overseers of Ihe poor 
•ire iiiriklni: efforts to find hiM rela- 
tive, if he ha-M any living. Ills 
rem^iins will lie buried at Wlll- 
nnr tirirt. 

M.'irtliu MiiisHeid, formerly of 
/.iecfe'd !i "!•'. Illes." and for the last 
fouL- .veirs teaiur;.d. in (liiturcs. 
Iilied Nov. no in a ho»))ital .il San 
\nli'iro of burns Ineuiicd when 
li-'r drc s was u"ei('enlall| iiinilcd 
vvh'le sh" was on local ion for a 
pii-tufe. She wiiM ;m ve;trj< old. a 
native itf Man-«lielil, O. and her 
n ir: e in priviile lifi- v.a.s l-J1it'l|f-||. 
She h:ul lived in .New YorU siiiei' 
- he was li'i. 

iler lirst ciianee in pictures was 
with SelxnicU. H'oilowing Ihe ileiith 
of Olive Thumas she was promoted 
to Ptiirdom by Selznit-k. but was 
not (jiiile ready. When she died 
he was working in "The Warrens 
of Virginia' for l'"ox and had 
niiHily attained slellar heights. The 
iiiulher of Miss Mansfield brought 
(he remains to New York for Iniriul. 

I.i England about 57 years ago. wa« 
for many years a favorite here at.d 
abroad. He came over here first 
about IG .vears ago as one of Ik* 
McNaughton Brottiera. Tho •Uiv.* • 
member, Kred, died aeveral year' 
ago. . ,..; 

Ceorge Arlinifton, retired circus 
executive, died Dec. {, In his apart- 
ment at Ihe Hotel Clarld(e, whieb 
is oi>eriited as part of a chain by 
his son, Edward Arlington, turf- 

Funeral services were held Tues- 
day at Carapbell's Funeral Church, 
and burial waa In Cypress Hills 

Mr, Arlington was 71 years old, 
a native of Kingland, but' had been 
In the I'niteii States since baby- 
h.ood. He waa with Barnum & Bai- 
ley for LS yeai-M. during the greater 
liart of which time he was general 
I niunuger of I he big snow. 

Percivni Knight. English come- 
dian and playwright, died in the 
mounlaliin of Switzerland Nov. 27 
of tubereulos:s. He was about BO 
years ohi. 

Mr. Knight appeared In this 
■ ouniry In numerous production?. 
iiiiiong ihem "The Dollar Princess,' 
'The Arc.idisns" nnd "The Mar- 
rl:iM>' .M.iil.ii." He last niipe.ired In 
.Sew Vo.k in "Thin Ice," of which 
he was the author. He went to 
iJwilKvrland lust spring. 

Jutt Can't 

Resist Going 



r.'ilihy McLean, skater, i" doing 
his vaudeville aet at Criniliel." New 
York store on a rink mat 
as part ot the holiday sales drive. 
In other stores well known clowns 
and acrobalsTrom circuses and car- 
nivals are doing their stuff in Ihe 
toy dep.'jrtments. adveillHed under 
their professional names. 


The Loew circuit waived their 
booking of the F'our Terris Girls 
In favor of the Keith circuit this 
week. The act was booked to open 
at bbew's. Delaneey atrtet, De em- 
ber 3. 

Lew Colder, the b!g time repre- 
sentative for the act, booked them 
for two weeks on the Keith circuit 
opening the same date. 

The matter was reported to J.ike 
Luliin, the Loew booking chief, who 
agreed to set his booking ba<*k two 
weeks to enable the act to play Ihe 
Keith dales. 


Dee. 31 liva TanKUay will cptii- 
mence aiiolher tour of Ihe Kellh 
Circuit in the he.Mliiiie position, 
making the st.irt at the (Jrphcum. 

MIn:i Tansuav's liOi' iiig were en- 
tered Ihls week. It is some tiiii" 
since the Cyclonic One played I lie 
big time, she having started the 
season nt the hend ot a road show 
bearing "ler name. 

Heenming annoyed with the nnn- 
agement, .Misi Tiinguay left it. 

Denver, Dec. 5. 

Laurel T.#e. though happily mar- 
ried and pleasantly at home here, 
could not resist the call of the sin- 
gle turn, and Is returning with It to 
the stage at the Orpheum, Lincoln, 
Neb., this week. 

Shortly, Miss Lee will start to 
tour the Interstate Circuit at Dal- 
las, Christmas week, spending that 
festive period with her husband'.^ 
folk, who live there. 

If the said husband doesn't ob- 
ject. Miss I-<ee may continue over 
Ihe remainder of the Orpheum time. 


Batavla, N. Y., Dec. 5. 

The New Family theatre, a three- 
way house, waa opened here Thanks- 
iflving Day and played to capacity nt 
fhree shows combining vaudeville 
and a feature picture. 

The house, which has 1,100 seats. 
is under the management of N. Dip- 
son and Is booked by the Buffalo 
office of Ous Sun It will play legit 
callows Ihe half antl conililnatlon 
vaudeviHe and iiieiuie.s the last half 
It has an orchestra and organ. 


A stroke of apoplex.v c.iiiHed the 
death .Nov. 27 ot William K. Har- 
eiiurl. 57 years old. al his homo. No. 
I West 94th street. Forty years of 
lii.s life had been spent on ihe stage 
by Mr. Harcourk who was a native 
of Callalin, Tenif. 

Alwjiys under either Frohman or 
Heiasco management, Mr. Harcourl 
played with many noted Mtar.s, and 
his best- part was that ot a southern 
siiy in William Gillette's produc- 
tion, "Held by the Enemy," 

He was one of the founders of the 
.\elorM' Equity Association. 

Hi« wife, professionally known as 
Mice Fisher, survives. 

Funeral services were held on 
Wednesday and burial set for I'rl- 


Los Angtles, Dec. 5 
Herbert Slanding, a well known 
actor himself and wbo has Mvw son 
Wyndham, Herbert, Hir Ouy, Perc 
and Aubiey. Ihe first two In'Nev, 
York and the others In London, d:ed 
here today after a five weeks' lllners. 
He was 77 years old and is survived 
also by his widow and a daughter, 
who Is the only one of the family not 
In Ihe theatrical profession. 


Louis H. Hawley, «:', old-time 
legit actor nnd brother of Waller 
Hawley (vaudeville), died in Chi- 
cago Nov. 25. of paralysis. He was 
at one time In Union aquar.> pro- 
ductions. His wife, two d-aughters, 
three sislers and two brothers sur- 


Th« mother of Annn Propp. tli" 
l.ilter with one of the Columbia 
shows died yesterday (Dec. 5), She 
was 73 .ve.Trs old and death was due 
to a complication of dbeases. 

Louis Bajarsky, brother of Mey r 
Cordon (Shannon and Gordon), 
died .Nov. 2S at Detroit, aged 31. 
He was shell -.ho<ked in the wai 
and was left a cripple until hi- 

I.uba Meroff. mother of 
.Meioff ("Nifties of I!>24") 
Sinia Meroff of vaudeville. 
.Nov. 2(1 at the Jefferson hospital. 

Mr.". Meroff had been visiting her 
fon B''n and suffered a severe 
aslb.'iinatic stlark. She was re- 
moved to the hnspitril. where she 
difd. Funeral was Siii'day from 
her residence at 510 West 112th 
"treet. New York city. 

.Mrs. M' rotf was 39 ye.irs of age. 
She originally aiipenred in v.uide- 
vllle. :issi»te<i by her sori and 
il;i'igliier. The aet « as known as 
Luua Alcroff and Co. 

Charles IMwards, aged 41. cor- 
nctlst and formerly of the Edwards 
Trio, was stricken with apoplexy 
and died at Steam's Kanatarium, 
.New York. Nov. 15. Burial was heid 
at Detroit. 


Louis Henry Hawley. 62 legiti- 
niali' aelor and brother ol Walter 
Hawley (a vaudeville performer), 
rliul suddenly November 2j. In Chi- 
cago. Death waa due to paralysis 
Tl.( deceased hid ajipeared with 
.M.iiijariL .Mather in "Konieo and 

Arthur Holm. 71. long nillve In 
Akron, ().. musical circles, died al 
his home there Nov. 27. He was at 
one time secretary of the Ohio Sirg. 
ens' Association from 1904 to 1922 

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Sam Scribner Takes First Step by Notifying Fran- 
chise Operators — Owners Can't Alibi by Pass- 
ing Buck to Road Managers 

Tfae vari"U8 Columbia wheel fran- 
chise operators and producers were 
in receipt of an order this week sent 
out by Sam Scribner to the effect 
the franchise operators Immediately 
Inform each of their road company 
managers they (road managers) arc 
to be held to "strict accountability" 
by the franchise operator hereafter 
as regards the cleanliness or non- 
cleanliness of the show the company 
manager Is presiding over. 

When shows have been reported 
%M holding 'double entendre stuff" or 
not up to standard In the way of 
material, cast, chorus, costuming, 
etc., the franchise operator has been 
in the habit of reporting to the 
Columbia home office the fault lies 
With the road manai;or. In other 
words the franchise operator has 
been "passing the buck" for years. 
The new order to franchise oper- 
ators which Instructs them to hold 
their road managers directly re- 
sponsible Carries with It Instruc- 
tions to the operator to get rid of 
any road manager who Is too timid 
to properly supervise the perform- 
ance he is in charge of. 

Scrlbner's order says in effect to 
the franchise operators: "If a road 
manager docsn'l handle a show 
properly and can't assert his au- 
thority, tell him to get oft the lot." 
The significance of the Scribner 
order to the franchise operators Is 
that It removes the possibilities of 
the old alibi and places the matter 
of clean shows or keeping the show 
up to standard on the franchise 

The Scribner order was occa- 
sioned by a complaint from a west- 
em house manager In a stand where 
the Columbia Is trying to establish 
a foothold. The house has been 
going along Just about keeping Its 
head above water, but gaining a 
little each week. Every time the 
business looked encouraging a show 
came along Inclined to dirt. And the 
business flopped again. The par- 
ticular stand doesn't take to the 
dirty shows, being new to burlesque. 
In the several Instances the 
western house manager complained 
of shows came into the house on 
Monday and cuts were ordered. 
They went out on Monday night but 
by Wednesday other stuff equally 
offensive was substituted. This 
could not happen If the company 
manager would make it his busi- 
ness to watch every performance as 
he is supposed to, the western man- 
ager claimed. 

Company managers, speaking of 
the order, make the comment it is a 
difficult matter for a road manager 
to make a star comedian obey the 
rules regarding performances in the 
Columbia shows, If the comedian 
takes a notion to become "tempera- 
mental." The company manager 
kicks to his boss the fr.inchlse oper- 
ator and the franchise operator, ac- 
. cording to road managers of expe- 
rience, are frequently as much afraid 
to dictate to the star comic as the 
road manager. Conditions of that 
sort call for reporting the situation 
to the Columbia home office which 
will then get a proper line on the 

The road managers generally feel 
the new order inclines to making 
them the "goats," understanding the 
franchise operators .-igc-old custom 
of blaming the rnad manager for 
everything that happens. 

What the Columbia home office 
people are trying to do (mid Hit- 
effort to femove the possibilities of 
the franchise operator's alibi and 
passing the buck to the company 
manager is one move of a series in 
a general drive the Columbia Is 
starting In the direction of clean- 
ing up) is to effect a method whereby 
the shows will be clean and kept to 
standard and an effort is being 
made to flx the responsibility so 
there will be no squirming out of 
it by either franchise producer or 
rond manager. 

Notwithstanding all opinions and 
Views to the contrary regarding 
burlesque its the clean shows that 
get the money In the season's run. 
A dirty show may do business In 
some of the towns, '.jut the Wean 
Bhows, when they're good, wjll do 
] as much. 

The past five years s««tf0nal 

grosses of Columbia wheel shows 
show the first, five to be approxi- 
mately the cleanest on the circuit. 
Last season one notoriously dirty 
show that did heavy business In 
three or four towns finished about 
nth out of 38 shows. The show 
that came in first, some $30,000 
ahead of its nearest competitor, was 
clean enough to play before a Sun- 
day school class. 


Extra 7 o'clock Performance 

Inserted-'-Former Number 

on Day Was Three 

Philadelphia, Dec. 5. 

The Casino, Columbia wheel, will 
establish a record for performances 
for whee'. burlesque New Tear's Eve. 

Four performances are scheduled 
for the day, a matinee at 2.15, and 
three night shows, one at 7 o'clock, 
another at 9.30, and the fourth on 
the day at midnight. 

Hitherto the greatest number of 
shows given on New Tear's eve has 
been three, the two regular shows 
and a midnight performance. 


Jack Shargsl' Assested by Court in 
Separation Action 


Cleveland, Dec. 3. 
A Federal grand Jury hero has 
Iiulittrrl two theatre men on 
charges of violating the ticket tax 
law. One la Billy J. Vail, former 
manager of the Empire theatre here, 
the other is Harold Burg of Akron, 
former owner of the Miles Royal in 

Talking of Frisco 
"Hollywood Follies," one of Hur- 
tig & Seamon's Columbia wheel 
string, is to make a try for a San 
Francisco run after the current 
playing season on the Columbia 
circuit is over, some time In May. 




Next Stage 


The Burlesque Troducera' Asso- 
ciation win send a representative to 
the next convention of the Interna- 
tional Alliance of Stage Employes to 
look after the Interests of burlesque. 

This will be the first Instance that 
burlesque has beerT exclusively rep- 
resented at a stage hands conven- 
tion. Previously the burlesque peo- 
ple have been represented through 
the Vaudeville Managers' Protec- 
tive Association. 


Chicago, Dec. X. 

Uilllan Hodgen, professionally 
known as Dolly Dayves and ap- 
pearing with "The Bostonlans," has 
been granted a divorce from Her- 
man Mlttleman Here. 

Miss Hodgen will remain in this 




Joe MnrkH, Kmlly Karl*. Harry Seymour. 
Walter Johnson, K!sa Uay. Mae L«onanl. 
81m Henderson, Harry Kltby. Kmanuel 
Kramer. Harry Weber, lUitiu Wllaon. 
Vlritoia Cuaon. 

Although New Tork Supreme 
Court Justice Dijnlel F. Cohalan 
expressed himself as aot thinking 
n uch of Mrs. Cella Shargel's sep- 
aration action against Jacob Shar- 
gel (burlesque), the court aw.arded 
her $12 weekly temporary alimony 
and $125 counsel fees. Mrs. Shargel 
asked for $50 a week and $3B0 
counsel fees. 

Jack Shargel, as he is profes- 
sionally known in burle.'«iue, de- 
nied his wife's cruelty allegations. 
He set forth his income is $123 
weekly at the Hopkinson, Brook- 
lyn, N. T., and that he has been 
on the Tiddlsh legit stage much 
longer than in burlesque as a 

Mrs. Shargel's charges were that 
her husband was a "great sport 
among women" ^nd that he spent 
much money on actresses and 
others; that her spouse did not 
come home nights until very late 
or not at all and that she had to 
remove to the Martha Washington 
hotel because of their incompat- 

They were married 17 years ago. 


The Hudson, Union Hill, N. J.. 
slated to go back on the Columbia 
wheel route as a four-day stand' 
next week, will not pull a come- 
back with the Columbia shows 
after all. 

The deal, practically settled, fell 
through when the Columbia people 
and the Hudson Union Hill man- 
agement clashed on terms. 

The Roosevelt, Union Hill, N. J., 
heretofore playing pictures Is under 
conRlder.illon by the Columbia 
people to replace the Hudson In 
that city, the deal calling for the 
Columbia shows to play the Roose- 
velt six days weekly. 

As Hoboken is a Sunday stand, 
that will leave one day a week open 
for legitimate shows or any other 
policy the Roosevelt management 
cares to ad.rpt. 

The Roosevelt was only built a 
couple of years ago and haa a capac- 
ity around 2500. 


t'ortu-two in fhi-j issue 

Barney Gerard's "Vanities" at the 
Columbia this week In its first sea- 
son on the Columbia wheel is one 
of those burlesque shows that should 
make burlesque history. The pro- 
duction, personnel and staging are 
of Broadway musical comedy stand- 
ards and represent a serious atteinpt 
to give burleiique patrons an at- 
traction th,at Will send them out 

The production is unusual. Noth- 
ing better has been seen since "Peek 
A Boo" first caused the producers 
to wonder how BedinI would get it 
back. Gerard however hasn't pro- 
duced a brand new show scenlcally. 
Hif biggest flash Is a scene from 
Gecrge White's Scandals of last sea- 
eon, "The Patent Leather Forest," 
an immense staircase scene with the 
girls making a strip change from 
black to white and back again. It 
is used for the finale of the show. 

Another flash Was "The Seas" 
with the girls wearing long trains 
that are converted into waves. The 
number, "Beauties of the Sea." was 
led by Elsa May. the ingenue. This 
girl Is a find. She is a vers.atile 
dancer, has appearance, reads lines 
splendidly and is of musical comedy 
calibre In all of her work. Emily 
Earle, the prima donna, i« also a big 
class performer. She sings well and 
is of that brunette type of beauty 
who wear clothes to the manner 
born. Her "Rose of the Underworld" 
number, which is backed by a full 
stage Chinatown set and par- 
ticipated in by the rest of the ca^t as 
pantomimic denizens of the Oriental 
quarter, was wonderfully executed. 
The pathos would stani^ up any- 
where, as also Miss May's recitation 
about her lost slater, a dangerous 
subject in a burlesque house, to be 
taken seriously. 

Joe Marks the principal comedian 
is not long for burlesque. Marks 
hag been improving each season, 
and Is now coming like Zev. He is 
a haid-working personable Hebrew 
comic who could spot most eccentric 
and acrobatic dancers a leg and 
then beat them. In addition to his 
"falia," he handleu dialect, sings w^cU 
and does one of the funniest 
"dames" seen this season anywhere. 
Barring a tendency to talk to his 
audience, he h.asn't a fault. 

Harry Seymour helps with a like- 
able Dutch, Walter Johnson is the 
straight. Rastus Wilson a whale of a 
colored eccentric strutter, Sim Hen- 
derson and Harry Weber unQsual 
harmony singers and Kilby and 
Kramer good male dancing team. 
Mae Leonard the third woman 
would be a prima in any other com- 

The show is chock full of comedy 
meat. "The Piano Player" was a 
wow. Marks uses a real piano with 
a hurdy gurdy hid back of it to fool 
a chump. The hurdy plays at the 
wrong time causing Marks to do 
acrobatics to get bTck to the Instru- 
ment on time. "Old Time Bur- 
lesque" gave a Ipgltimato excuse fin" 
"the funnel in the pants" and other 
ancient hit* of holie that they nto 
up. "The Music Publisher" from 
the Shubcrt unit "Funmakers" was 
another wow with Marks goaling 
them. His Impersonations of Jolson, 
Cantor and Warlleld tr.avesty sing- 
ing "When tiio Mush Begins to Rush 
Down Fatlicr's Vest." a mock ballad, 
were yells. "The New Maid" with 
Marks as a "dame" was another 
howl. "A Study in Mind Reading" 
putekHarry Seymour up front wltjli 
burTPsque mind reading. 

"Everybody's Doing It" with three 
hubbioM surprising three wives with 
three lovers planted under the table 
was a well done bit of travesty. 
"Show Me a Little Bit," a pip of a 
comedy scene between Harry Sey- 

whioh made three appearances was 
the only Jarring note in the entire 
ensemble. The rest will pass before 
the most discriminating burlesque 
g.atherlng anywhere and compares 
favorably with many Broadway 
musical attractions both In the pro- 
duction department and cast. 

The' chorus of eight ponies and 
H show girls deserve special men- 
tion. They are the best singing en- 
semble heard this season at the 
Columbia and can really dajice, 
thanks to Seymour Felix, who has 
staged the dance numbers In 
splendid style. In addition the girls 
spe.ok English with an enunciation 
that makes the many patter versions 
and »i>ecial numbers clesrly in- 
telligable to all portions of the 
house. Greater praise than this 
hath no man. Con. 


mour, Elsa May and Joe Marks was 
another pip. 
A weird-looking futuristio drop' ^® control of the American or 

Irons & damage Show Turned 

Back to Hurtig & Seamon 

—Will Opebte It 

Irons & damage "Temptations,'* 
the Columbia wheel burlesque at- 
traction, will be operated by Hurtig 
and Seamon after next week. The 
franchise controlling "Temptations" 
was leased to the western producers 
by Hurtig and Seamon, and will be 
turned baok to them. 

"Temptations" has been one of 
the weak sisters on the Columbia 
circuit all season. Last week the 
Columbia people ordered the show 
"rtrengthened," the second "warn- 
ing." The first notice to jack up 
the attraction followed it's appear- 
ance at the Columbia several weeks 
ago v/htn It followed 'Town Scan- 
dals," another Irons and damage 
attraction Into the house. 

Irons and damage operated sev- 
eral Chicago burlesque stock houses 
and became affiliated with the 
Columbia shortly following the ad- 
vent of I. H. Herk's ascendency to 



raet: Mltty Do Vero. Harry I.evlne. Paul 
Ry.lii, Joe l,urso, MiKlrcd Austin, I Mildred 
Costerre, Frankle Moore, Anne Darlinc. 

Here's another Mutual wheeler 

that makes nine or ten kinds of liars 

out of the burlesque experts who 

opine gloomily you can't put on a 

(Continued tn pa.ijo 45) 


Mltty DeVere was out of the 
matinee and night perfbrmances of 
"The B.and Box Revue" at the Olym- 
pic, New Tork, yesterday (Wednes- 
day) In order that he might attend 
the funeral of his sister Rena Cor-, 
rigan who died In Cleveland Dec. 2. 
Miss Corrigan was 24 years old and 
a non-professional. Death was due 
to a conpllcatlon of diseases. 

DeVcre left New Tork after the 
Tuesday night performance at the 
Olympic for Cleveland, leaving the 
latter city Immediately after fit- 
tending his sister's funeral for New 
Tork in time to make the matinee 
at the Olympic tod.^y. 
• DeVere, although suffering a 
severe mental strain, Tuesday night 
gave a splendid performance. 


Columbia No. 2 wheel, with which 
they weie affiliated. Irons was one 
of the original American's board of 

Irons and Clumage owned a 25 
per cent interest In "Temptations" 
besides producing the show. The 25 
per cent has been relinquished. Ar- 
rangements were made Monday 
whereby Danny Murphy, the princi- 
pal comic with "Temptations," will 
return to It next week. Murphy had 
been teamed with Ned (Clothes) 
Norton since leaving "Temptations," 
doing a vaudeville turn. 

Irons and damage hold a three 
years' contract with Murphy which 
has two years to go. 

With the taking back of "Tempta- 
tions." Hurtig and Seamon's list of 
Columbia shows totals seven, the 
other.-, being "Happy Days," "Holly- 
wood Follies," "Nifties," "Steft On 
It," "Talk of the Town" (produced 
and operated by Harry Strause), 
"Dancing Around" operated by 
Maurice Cain and Danny Davenport 
Is also closely affiliated with the 
Hurtig and Seamon interests. 
Mauric^ Cain being general mana- 
ger for H. & S. and Danny Daven- 
port is employed In an executlv* 
capacity by the firm. 

Seven shows Is the largest num- 
ber of attractions ever controlled 
by any one group on the Columbia 
circuit to date. 

Hurtig and Seamon have three 
actual franchises on the Columbia 
wheel, the other shows being oper- 
ated through leasing arr.angements.- 


Corporation May Be Formed — Try* 

ing to Recover 100 Cents for 


The Gayety, St. Louis, got $11,«93 
on 14 shows with "Breezy Times" 
last week. The Columbia, New 
Tork. with "Follies of the Day," did 

The Gayety, Boston, last week got 
$9,340 with "All Aboard." It was a 
repeat date for "All Aboard" In the 
fiayety, Bo.ston, the ehow having 
played the Casino eight weeks ago. 

The Casino, Boston, with "Vani- 
ties," got $8,500. The Casino has 
been running along at about $6,500 
to $7,000. 

"Jlmmie Cooper's Revue" had a 
big week on the Albany and Sche- 
nectady split, doing $3,000 in Sche- 
nectady and $5,250 in Albany. 

The Bronx, Mpw Tork. last week, 
v'ith "Town Scandols," got approxi- 
mately $7,000. 

The Empire, Providence, with 
"Radio Glrte," got $7,875. 

A corporation will be formed t«i 
take over Max Spiegel's assets in 
the hopes of reaiUzlng enougti to 
pay oft all the bankrupt theatrical 
promoter's $2,000,000 liabilities aC 
100 cents on the dollar. This Is tha 
present Intention of the trustee and 
Mrs. Moe Mark, Spiegel's motber- 

Hearings laet Friday before Ref- 
eree In Bankruptcy Harold P. Cofflh 
were adjourned to Dec. 11. Samuel 
Pett, who last week took judgment 
for $439,134.76 aguinst Spiegel,- 
agreed to withhold action pending 
the adjudication of an appeal. This 
also temporarily halted the New 
Tork Trust Company's action on a 
$75,000 Jpan also involved In the 
Pett claim. 


Jack (Smoke) Gray and Alma 
Arliss will leave "Brevities of 1923" 
Dec. 15. 

Flossie Everett, featured Ingenue, 
and P.en Holmes, straight man, re- 
tire from the cast of ^Temptations" 
following the engagement at the 
Torkvllle, New Tork, this, week. 

Arthur Lanning, principal comic 
with "Hits and Bits" (Mutual), left 
the show In Philadelphia Dec. 1. 
Hurry Kecler is replacing Lbnning 


St. John, N. B., Dec. B. 

Folks hereabouts are waiting pal- 
pitatingly to hear what happens in 
New Tork when Edna Ganter, 18, 
and Dorothy Miller, 19, hit there — 
and they are due most any day — at- 
tired H male togs and probably 
grimy from a long trip on "the 

The girls left here some days 
ago, fareless but determined to 
show themselves to Ziegfeid. They 
rode the rods -and when last heard 
from had reached South Station;. 


Omaha, Dec. 6. 
William J. Schroth, 63,' stage man- 
ager of the Gayety theatre, local 
Columbia wheel house, was sued fop 
divorce by his wife, who alleges her 
husband threw dishes at her. They 
were m.arrled only last June, 

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154 Watt 46th Street 


state- Lake Theatre Building 

Metrepolitan Theatre Building 


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Evans Building, New York Ave. 

8 St. Martin's PI., Trafalgar Sq. 

Actorviews ami Peerage 

(Two Booka of the 

Aehton Stevens, the vitriolic 
Ashton from Chlca^. has 
written a mighty fine book of 
Interviews and kept In mind 
the folks he Is writing about 
are pretty much plain folks 
with their own characteristics. 

Ashton takes great Ilbertle'S 
with his actor folks. He says 
some things that the folks 
themselves might not relish. 
But he writes an Interview en- 
tertainingly in so much as he 
actually creates the proper at- 
mosphere before unloading the 
glat of the yarn. This Is a 
hard ■tunt— try It — but he does 
It even though he does over- 
work the capital "I." 

However, the critic from Chi 
len't t:he only one with this 

In his book Richard Bennett 
owns up that ha Is a pretty 
intelligent feltow; Sophie 
Tucker says "Honest to Ood"; 
Dale Winter telle of her days 
on the Chicago Bouth Side; 
the late Bert Williams tells 
about his liquor drinking pro- 
clivities; Modest Morrla Gest 
owns Up that ^ing broke Is 
his greatest inspiration; Fay 
Ifarbe talks about how good 
she was on the Loew Circuit, 
and last, but not least, all of 
the lovely lailies are shown In 
the light of l»Ing dreadfully 
J There are some laughs In the 
1 1 book for the wise guys and 
l«ome thrills for the yokels. 
IThis should sell It two ways. 
T T+iere is no interview with 
J Channing Pollock. NoKis men- 
tion made of "The Fool." That 
may be in the next of the 

"The Peerage" Is a play by 
A. Y., an Englishaan, whose 
grudge against the noblUty is 
not aufflclently strong to force 
a true signature. 

As a play It Is eo-so stuff. 
The author rails against the 
hewly rich class, enabled to 
btiy their coronets and likewise 
their way Into the House of 
Lords. It is well written In Its 
way, though not destined to be 
a sensational seller and is 
given an ai tractive format by 
the publisher.-; — so attrntUve 
that It will go well with the 
green wallpaper in a summer 
cottage on Long Island. That 
is one of till' two slrons imints 
In Its favor. 

The play. In three sols, Is 
meant to be sensational. The 
author should get pounded into 
his head that the only way to 
Write a sensational play is to 
^et the plot to Involvo a 
courtesan and a Sir Algernon 
—that's sure fire. 






from Tarletv Dated Dec S, ttli 
Bren ao fkr bftok it was reported and believed tbat R. 4k B. and the 
ShObevta ware oa the aive oC «n amalgamatton. Tbla time the report made 
K appear tb* oMiaoUdatton would be In effect Dea t, 1»14. 

Maria Uoyd waa actaeduled to resume her American tour at the Palace, 
Chicago, while Edna Ooodrioh waa aalllng to take up time In England. 

Clifford Ftacher promotM a ctrcua at the London Opera House. Soon 
after Ka Inception the report got about that buslnesa was bad and 
financial dlTflcuUiea loomed. The affair came to a head when the enter- 
prise closed owing to salary to acta. The show waa a combination circus 
and revue. 

The London Hippodrome waa framing a new show in which were to 
be concerned Harry Tate, Bthel Levey, Shirley Kellogg, Frank Carter, 
Isabel D'Armond, Queenle Gerard and George Monro. 

Proving that history repeats Itself, In 1*13, a well developed acheme 
was on foot to form a burlesque wheel In England. Oawald Stoll's 
representative had Just returned from the States and on his report of the 
Wheel proposition It was made known that Oswald Stoll thought pretty 
well of the proposition. (Just after the Invasion of Jean Bedlnl's «how 
In England last year, talk waa current about a burlesque circuit, and It 
Is not yet certain that It won't go through after all.) 

Kinemacolor was at th< top of Its career as the leader of the natural film 
color processes. It Was maklpg big plans in the States and proposed to 
es'cubliflh its hx^al home m Paris at the Theatre Edouard VII, in Paris. 
Exploited as the best appointed picture house In the French capital. 

Evelyn Neebit who had her own show out. appeared In Pittsburgh, 
home of the Thaw family, it was expected that something would happen, 
but nothing dii. 

The Rube Marquard-Blossom Scc:ey affair waa fresh In the public 
mind, when Joe Kane, former husband of Miss Seeley attached her salary 
at the New York Palace, alleging that he had an overdue note tor 11,000 
from Rube and Intended to get some of it from the box office. 

There was a sudden craze for dancing acts of high reputation In the 
cabarets. Vera Maxwell (of "Follies" fame) and ^'allace McCutchcon 
began a six-week engagement at Rector'K. At the same time 
.Mae Murray and Curios Sebastian were boaUed for Hammeratein's root 
doing their "Barcarole dance." 

There was a good deal of di-spule n;bout the entrance of Marcus Loew 
into the Philadelphia opera house. lyoew'; New York ofti<-e Insisted the 
engagement would st.irt the next week, while the Philadelphia directors 
said the date was off and the Loev/ vaudeville would not'evcn start. 

New York dancers became agitated over the matter of salaries behiK 
offered to "names" In Chicago restaurants. In addition to Mae Murray 
and Vera Maxwell, word was spreail th:it Joan Sawyer had been signed 
at $1,200 to dance on the New York Roof tor Wllll:im Morris. It n 
matter of comment that chorus girls of yesterday were becoming danclns 
stars of today at fabulous salaries, and the ranks of the steppers, men 
and women, were accordingly agitated. The salary boost origlr.atcd In 
Chicago. The restaurants there were blilJing for New York celebrities. 

Valesca Suratt engaged In a controversy with Llane Carrera (Anna 
Held, Jr.) over rights to a certain black and white setting which Mies 
Suratt claimed for her own. Miss Suratt had just received an offer to 
appear In the Shuberts' Winter Garden show, but Keltb contracts inter- 
fered. ■■•■■• -.^ "■ ■'• ;' ."" ■■'■■■'■ : - 

The difference between ^e current and the 191 J situntlen among the 
organizations may" be imagined from the fact that legitimate pl.iyers 
were beginning to manifest Interest In the White Rats, and It looked as 
though the Influence of the vaudeville organization might extend Into the 
legitimate branch. Several Lambs had been proposed for membership in 
the Rats. Carleton Macy, a prominent Lamb, had been Just elected to the 
Rats' Board o< Directors, 

"The small time" waa a relative new creation and all show business was 
trying to figure out its possibilities. Just at this time the new angle was 
that It would get away from the four-a-day and by advancing its box 
office scale of offering, develop Into competition with the estabushed big 
time oircults. 



. ....-, ..y'iji, ^ 

AnnjL Marble (Mrs. Channing Pollock) was appointed general press 
representative for A. H. Woods. 

One of the "Tommy's Tattles" wise cracks for the week was, "'If there 
weren't a 'No. 2' spot a lot of acta would have to think up a new excuse 
for flopping." proving tbat Tommy is a thinker not for the present, but 
for all time. 

Cyril Maude in "Grumpy" In the middle of Its run did 110,000 at Wal- 
lack'a, while the rest of show business was off. Ail except "Peg" in Us 
D2d week at the Cort broke Its own record with $1S,003. 



"Conijiioti .Si use' taken oft the road laat week uivtII a rtieatre coukl be 
obtained in New York, had a lot of tinkering done to It while out. The 
last act was rewritten no less than six times, according to reports. The 
third act at one time had a reformer coming from the hospital and at- 
tempting to blackmail the heroine, but this waa cut and the chara< ter 
now makes his last appearance at the ciirt,-iln of the second a''t when 
the hero (played 4>y Chic Sale) throws him through the ground floor 
window of a hotel. 

The play is terrific propagirda .TKainst all reform orijanizatlons. 

With the second act tlijhtonpd up In s|)ot8 and a belter third act, tlie 
play should catoh on In New York, for It h;is a timely theme. Herbert 
Hnll Winslow, the author, has heretofore been Ideutlfliii more with 
farces. Whaf.s Your Wife Doing," which closed Ia«t week at the Cen- 
tury Roof, was written by him for Arthur Klein. 

"Common Sense" is reported to have been hooked up pn-Uy hi'avy In 
the way of salaries. Sale's Is $1,000 a week. 

Pirture players who h^ve etitf-red vHitd^vltl*- during Ilia pant few monthj; 
have handed scveral'surprlprs to th'' sfiid tlx'.Ttre mnn:ii;ers and circuit 
executives, the most no;iccalift of whiih is their luck of ready casli. With 
(he quoted picture salaries In their minds it was a distinct ali')-k to the 
theatre men to have picture players on tlicir bill drawing on the box 
office every d.iy of the cnnaKoment which has happened In iii- 
s;aiuR. It likewise hapi)ined that arts headed by pli tuie names haM 
to rail upon the liooliing office to advani-e transportation to an opinlni; 
point a custom ranly i^lllul^■ed In by vauJevilllans [ilaying tl:e bi'ltcr 
griKle of houses. A|)|>.ireiitly the pii tine people left ill tli'lr wiillh In 
real e-lato or oil wells In the vicinity of Los Arigclca before taking the 
leap In vaudeville. 

Ethel Kelly of the "Sally" chorus and understudy for Marilyn Miller 
got her chance In Washington last F'rlday night when Miss Miller, through 
throat trouble, had to remain out of the performance that evening. Miss 
Kelly mopped up as "Sally," according to the roiiort. No one of the 
capacity attendance asked for a refund when the announcement of Miss 
Miller's Indisposition was made. 

The benefits at the Winter Garden, New York, last Sunday and next 
Sunday night for the beneflt of the New York "American's" Xmas 
Fund takes two Sundays out of the Shuberts' Garden box oflllce. In pre- 
vious years the "American's" special performances were given at the 
Astor. Other Shubert theatres were available for the special shows, leav- 
ing the Broadway mob perplexed just why the Winter Garden waa turned 
over for a volunteer show when the Shuberts, with their own bill, usually 
does $4,200 on a Sunday night up there. 

The conclusion was that the Shuberts thought U advisable to mlaa a 
couple of Sundays through the quality of recent Sunday bills at the 
Garden, and the dimculty they are experiencing In securing acts (or the 
on« performance weekly. 

First National, according to report, have managed to secure the back- 
ing of Julius Rosenwald, head of Sears-Roebuck, as their producing 
activity. Thus far First National have put a couple of pictures over th* 
plate, and their latest, "Flaming Youth," la said to be a 'box office' 
knockout. Sam Kntz of Balaban & Katz, Is said to have made the con* 

The Warner Bros, had their New York connection shoot all of the stars 
of the stage and screen as they entered the Hotel Astor for the E/qultr 
Ball a couple of weeks ago, and the million dollar cast will undoubtedly 
be pulled tor one of their forthcoming releases. 

Several' weeks ago. the Baltimore theatre managers grabbed aom* 
newspaper space by declaring that unless buslnes; Improved, they would 
be forced to shut up shop. Since that tlipe another legit house has re- 
opened, the Lyceum, and the other houses. Ford's and the Auditorium 
have been bounding along to good business gotten because of tried and 
true bookings. "Chauve Souris " picked up $2S,00e, the "Follies" $$$.,000, 
" and perlmutter" about $13,000, "Up She Goes" pulled a big week 
and ''Zander the Great" made money both ways. /" 

The same threat was made two years ago, but^e shows kept on coming. 
Three bad shows in a row at either house i<tlrseve*y theatrical writer In 
town to lament the conditions and a row of good ones throws their (;om- 
menls to the optimistic side In a Jiffy. 

It la not KCiierally known, although the New York producing managers 
are probably ftill^' aware of It, that one house In the metropolis has been 
building up n following through the^act that It adheres to the minute to 
the advertined show-starting hour. The owner of the theatre about a 
year ago proposed a resolution at a meeting of the Producing Managers' 
Association that Uie managers as a body adopt the Idea.of lifting the cur- 
tains on the .idvertlBed hour. 

So fur, the proposer of thIs<resolutlon has been the only one to adhere 
to It with the result when g:SO Is announced for the entre act the house 
Is almost always completely sealed. 

The purpose, according to the producer. Is tA enable the author to get 
his message over from the start without really being compelled to write 
10 or U minutes of "stnllliu['' dialog so that the theme Is not lost la tba 
shuffle of the ushers and the patrons' feet. 

Despite the young man'v mother stigmatlxcd their engagement an- 
nouncement att "a piece of stupid Impertinence.". Whitney Warren, Jr., 
and Jeanne ICa^els are spending ihclr Sunday afternoons together. The 
young society man has cancelled his .idvertised trip to Europe which 
waa announced after the story at his l>etrothaI to the actrees came out, 

Charloltc Walker'M commercial career appears to have come to an end. 
Three months ago, the actress Jook over a lott at 167, West 48th etret-T, 
opening a millinery and gown sbo^ Although *he had signed a lease 
tor five years. Miss Walker lately walked out oh her venture. 

Speaking to a Variety reporter it was remarked as to the source of 
the papers information on the gros.s ri'celpts printed of various shows 
and pictures in several cities. The Hpeaker stated 'that from his knowledge 
the reixjrts in general were quite accurate, but he had been unable to 
fathom \'arlety'» system. 

In a Jocular vein he nuRed If the paper intended to print the gross of 
department stores «lnce he hud r<' i<l In last week's paper of a Story from 
London glvini,' the gross business) Monday last week. In the heavy fog. 
by Harrodd's big department store over there, of $95,000 as ugalnat $l4r..- 
000 by tho a.imo store on MotiUuy of the preceding week (without foR). 

Tiie department store gross sales were only mentioned compurati\ cly 
by Varlet.\'s flHure-dlgglng youth In London. 

U led to conversation In general about gross receipts and the ques- 
tioner recited a story on Corse Pajton. While Coise had his old stock 
In Brniiklyn, lin was seated One evening around a table in New York. 
Sotner)ne asked him what his house had done that night. Corse sail', i:-'. 
would find out, Returning he announced $370 as the gross. One of Iha 
party doubted It. "Does sound big," said Corse. "Wonder it be recog- 
nized my voice? Might have thought It was the landlord." 

Going to the phone agnin Corse returned, saying, "We were l>oth right " 
$250." W 

AI Lewis Is credited with smart management in tho changes within 
"The Wild Wescotts," which waa fixed up out of town with such con- 
sequent remits that It Is aimed for liroadway and may arrive next 
week. It is the second production by Lewis ft Gordon they have put on 
"The Nervous Wreck" In association with Sam H. Harris. 

"Tho Wild Wescotts" opened at Stamford, Conn., two weeks "ago. Lewis 
agreed with others at the premiere thnt the play was Impossible without 
nxlng, but Insisted It was only right that Anne Morrison, the authoress, 
make the changes, lie Journeyed with Miss Morrison and «he production 
to Syracuse, where the play was reduced from four acts to three Several 
cast changes were also made. Lewis stuck with tho -VVescotts ' into tho 
small stands of Pennsylvania Inst week. It opened at Wilkes-Barre Frl- 
day night to $800 and drew a $1,600 house Saturday night. 

A charitable affair given ,T,t a hotel In Times square recently Included 
a card game, and one of the prizes was a pass issued by the Shuberts. 
A nro(ikl.\ji girl who spent about $G for the cause won the ducat which 
railed for the 49th Street. When «he tendered tlie pass at the box 
olllce she discovered it was for one free admls.slon, It being patent the 
■cpurlesy' was given with the Idea that another ticket would be pur- 

Tickets at the Vanderbllt, New York, last week, which waa the Ili-st 
week of "In the Next llooiii, " were priced at $3.30 top. but the regular 
.Stale for the .scale Is $2.50. The iii:,stery drama wa« a sudden entrant, 
and ax there was no time to order tickcU, It wis decided to u>e a sot on 
band for "The C.imcls Il.ick." which lasted unly two weeks, but which 
had u $3.30 «• lie. No ral.<e over that price was male for Xliinl«»Bi. Ing. 

.Morris fu-st's i)uliliiit\ batlln;; acerige for "The Miracle." whiuii he wtll 
open mound the holliLiys at ilie I'enliiry, Is peifcit t.j JaiA Uonty* 
Continued III Dac' 31) 




Thursday, December 6» 1823 


Craig of "Mail" Remains in Lead, Closely Followed 
by Dale of "American"— Most Rights, Dale With 
21— Most Wrongs, Woollcott, "Herald," With 18 

The box score of percentages on 
the New York critics of the <lallie8 
as kept by Variety and printed this 
week on the front page, reveals 
that James Craig of "The Evening 
Uall" Is again In the lead, in his 
opinion on the 41 shows the sub- 
ject of the present score. Craig le<l 
Oct. 25 when Variety published its 
first box score on the 20 playa that 
had failed and moved out up to 
that date. 

Craig Improved his score, from 
.638 on the first 20 to .680 on the 
present total of 41. Alan Dale did 
likewise, making considerable of a 
leap and landing In second place 
with .667. Burns Mantle ("News") 
was another to move up from the 
sixth to the third position, and 
Stephen' Rathbun ("SUn") also 
shifted positions, moving Into the 
fourth spot after having bcon sev- 
enth on the first score. , 

Alexander Woollcott ("Herald") 
with the mpst wrongs (with Dale 
the most rights) slides Into next to 
last after having been fifWi; Hey- 
wood Br^un ("World") dropped 
from the second place held by him 
on the first score to the fifth place 
in the present box, and John 
Corbln ("Times") from third to 
sixth, with Percy Hammond 
("Tribune") again bottoming the 
list, although with an increased 

Plays Out— N«t Failures 

Two of the plays moving out are 
recorded as not failures. They are 
"Red Light Annie" and Mrs. Flske's 

pl.iy. "Mary. Mary." 

"Red Light Annie" was forced out 
of tlie Moro.<<co througli Charles L. 
VVaKner holding a coiitrart for that 
house \»ith "Scaramouche." The 
"Annie" play was building up and 
mlKht have rcmiiliied at the Morosco 
until l''eb. 1 If it had not been 
fori'od out, to the KItinge and then 
to the road. 

"Mary, Mary," was handed show- 
manly by the Belasco offices. Evi- 
dently the liclasco people knew they 
didn't have a heavyweight In the 
l'"l!?I<e play and protected its New 
York appearance with an Initial an- 
nounrement of a "limited engage- 
ment" (seven weeks). Afterward 
that wa.i extended to 11 weeks, al- 
lowing I he show to go to the road 
as a New York success on that 
manoui'voring. It was wily handling, 
something that somehow marks the 
BeiM!-co executive offices. 

"In Love With lM\e" was another 
forced out of the Rltz where It was 
doing $12,000 weekly to make room 
fcr "Robert E. Lee" that Immedi- 
ately flopped. "In Love" entered 
before the averages were started. 

The Kleonora Duse ami Sir John 
.Martin Har%'ey were si)Oclal en- 
gagements, passing without classi- 
fication, and the same might have 
been said for the Sothcrn-Marlowe 
stay had they not opened with 
"Cymbeiine,".' an ancient revival and 
denting their sojourn at the 59th 
Another example of placement Is 
(Continued on paRC 34) 



stag* Childrsn'a Contest, Winnari 
Going to Washington 

Odd Record of Revue on 
Road — Closes Next 

-•juisville, Deo. 5. 

".Spice" played to record low re- 
ceipts for a big revue at the Shu- 
bert-Murat, Indianapolis, drawing i 
less than $4,000 on the week. 

The definite closing order Is up, 
ending the tour at the end of next 
week In Cincinnati. "Spice" will 
have completed a run of 80 weeks, i 
from coast to coast, during which no I 
line seems to have profited except ' 
the actors and the railroad.s. ', 

liiceted everywhere as a clever classy show, it broke records In 
»( me places and played to incredibly 
bad biisiness in others. 

It did five engagements in Phila- 
delphia, all profitable, hung up high 
marks on the coast, passed all pre- 
vious receipts at the Winter Gar- 
den In New York, failfd miserably 
in Chicago and drew more in one 
performance in Los Angeles than on 
the week In Indianapolis. 

Trade here has been light. 


Llabilitiat $23,709 — Dixie Hints and 
Jas D. Barton interested 

The Barthlnes Co, Inc., MOi; 
Broadway, New Yoik, theatrical en- 
terprises, filed a. vohiiitary petition 
in bankruptry last week, listing no 
Assets, and liatiiiitifjs of $2.1,709.13. 
The conil)any was enn.iKed in man- 
aging musical soIoi.«ts. Dixie Hines, 
the publicity purveyor, signed the 
bankruptcy petition as secretary- 
treasurer of tlic corporation. James 
D. Barton was the otiier managins 
director. Both are the 
creditors for, respectively, $6,000 and 

Willy Burmester. the concert vlo- 
llnist, who ««as under the Barthlnes 
Co. '8 management, is scheduled s a 
creditor for an unknown amount 
Other creditors in.'lude advertising- 
fn musical puliiicationK, h II rentals. 
• tc N 

Washington, Dec. 5. 

The winners of the national stage 
children's dancing contest, held re- 
cently at the Apollo. New York, will 
arrive in Washington on Saturday, 
and will lie met by 1.500 pupils of 
the local dancing schools and ac- 
companied by them to the White 
House, where the winners will 
dance for President Coolidge. 

Arriving at 12.45 o'clock, the chil- 
dren \.'lll i)roceed to the Capitol, 
where the.v will be welcomed by 
Assistant Secretary of the Navy 
Roo.sevelt. They will dance at the 
White House in the afternoon, and 
on Sund.-iy will a- j two perform- 
ances at the Hotel Willard, 


"Sun Up" Made It In Final Week 
At Lenox Hill 

In its la^t week at the Lenox Hill. 
Lulu Vollmer's "Sun I'p" broke the 
house record by playing to figures 
accordin;; to accurate soruces, well 
ui^to $3,200. With a small stage 
ci^w and an lne::pen.-iive cast this 
Rupplieil a neat niargjn of profit, al- 
though the players^itliont excep- 
tion are getting considerably more 
money than when the pi.iy made 
its debut. 

Its chances for a sound run at the 
Princess are considered bright as It 
has caught on much more securely 
than Its predecessor, "The Shame 


"Imoine I'litimilcd." « liii'li Win- 
chell Smith tried out on the road 
some lime ago. is belns; rewritten by 
the .lU! ir, Ben II:.nison Orkow, for 
A P.roadvN'.'iy showing. 

Orkow also placed a new play, 
as yet untitled, with David Reiasco. 
who uiU utilize one ot liis female 
stars In it. 


An all-year-aroiind home for Ar- 
thur H.immersleiii will be built at 
Whiteslone. L. I., ready for occu- 
pancy by next summer. H.tmmer- 
stein pun based from (iranviilt 
.Ames Reals a tract of land with a 
water frunluije of 400 f»et, valued at 

The 41 Plays 

Following ia a list of the 4J 
Idaya used by Variety as It's 
l>a8e for the percentage* ;ef 
New York critics in this issue. 

None of the showi listed Is 
at present playing In the Times 
square section; all opened 
there, since the present season 


"The Woman on the Jury." 

"The Gold Old Days" (first 
named "Light Winea and 
Bf- ■"'■ 

"The Breaking Point." 

"Cni.oi'cn of the Moon." 


"We've Got to Have Money." 

"Homa Fires." 

"Red Light Annie." 



"The Jolly Roger." 

•Four In Hand." • 

"Connie Goea Home." 

"The Crooked Square." 

Marionette Playera. 

"Peter Weeton." 

"A Lesson in Love." 



"Floriani'a Wife." 

"What a Wife" (first named 
•What's Your Wife Doing?"). 


"Mary, Mary, Quite Con- 


"Nine O'clock Revue." 



Grand Guignol Players. 


"White Desert." 

"Nobody'e Business." 

•Steadfast." ^ 

"Deep Tangled Wildwood" 

"A Love Scandal." 

"A Royal Fandango." 

"The Cup." 

"The Camel's Back." 

"Out of the Seven Seas." 

"Robert E. Lee." 

"Dumb -Bell." 

G. & S. STORY 

Shuberts Fighting It— Want "Mis- 
ter" Team for New Show. 

The Court of Appeals granted a 
stay of execution last Friday to 
Attorney Tobias A. Keppler acting 
for Gallagher and Shean, on the 
decision of the Appellate Division 
of the Supreme Court of New York 
which upheld the Shuberts' contract 
with the comedians last month. 
Monday attorneys for the Shuberts 
argued to vacate the stay and a 
decision on that argument Is ex- 
pected late this week. If the stay 
Is sustained the Court of Appeals 
will review the case at Albany, 
which win be the final dispositint 
of the matter. 

The cropping up of the Gallagh.r 
and Shean case again came as a 
surprise, but Is one angle of the 
team's professed determination not 
to play for the Shuberts regardless 
of their contract The principal 
bone of contention so far as Gal- 
lagher and Shean are concerned is 
the difference In salary. The Shu- 
bert contract calls for $1,000 weekly 
this season. The team was getting 
$2,500 weekly on tour with the 

The Shuberts are anxious to use 
the team In the new "Pa->i8ing 
Show of 1924" due into the Winter 
Garden next month, which explain.'^ 
their opposition to the slay which 
might drag the final decision be- 
yond the opening date of the show. 


WhceJlng, W. Va., Dec. 5. 

"The Fool," which was to have 
been barred from West Virginia 
under the plana of Phil Conley, of 
the American Constitutional Asso- 
ciation, appeared at the Court at 
the same time thatthe West Vir- 
ginia ICditorlal A.ssociation wet here. 

A. R. T.. reviewing the show in 
the Wheeling News, said: 

"Everyone who holds a brief for or 
against labor should see It, however, 
for our own Industrial problems are 
brought beneath tb« microscope on 
the Court stast. 


Don't Want to Work for Rail- 

roads — Allow Nowcomers 

to Carry Burden 


No. 3 
Miss Lyon has just closed with 

In Love with Love" and will be 
seen In n couple of weeks on Broad- 
way again with L. Lawrence 
Weber's "Moonlight." Miss Lyon's 
past succes.-^es include "Getting 
"Gertie's Garter," "East of Suez." 
"Lonely Wives," "Mike Angelo" 
and "Ladle*' Night." Miss L.von has 
also played leads in stock In Wash- 
ington and Rochester, has appeared 
on the screen both here and In 
Paris, played successful engage- 
ments in London revues and bung 
"Madama Butterfly" and "La Tosca" 
In France. 


Union Rule Applicable — Roaiil 

Crew Held for Over 

Four Weeks 

"When Mary Jane McKane," the 
Arthur Hammerstcin musical show, 
opens in New York at the new 
Roosevelt, December 20, the show 
will have to carry a double crew of 
stage hands. This is in accordance 
with the stage hands' union rule to 
the effect that if a show breaks in 
for more than four weeks the road 
crew as well as the regular house 
crew must be employed. 

It win mark the first instance of 
the application of the stage hands' 
i'ule In s^eral months, but one or 
two previous shows opening in New 
York this season having played 
more than the four weeks break-in 
out of town. 

The pre-hOllday slump and the 
congested theatre sltuatioh particu- 
larly prevalent in cosmopolitan 
' cities aeems to have conspired suc- 
cessfully to bring legit producing 
in a standstill. 

From all accounts things will re- 
main quiet In the producing line un- 
til after the Christmas holidaya. 
.Many who have promised attrac- 
tions will go ahead with them 
mainly because they have already 
gone into rehearsal. Others plan- 
n'.ig to brlag out new productions 
have side-tracked them until the 
New Year. The latter prefer to sit 
tight and permit .elimination to Iron 
out the theatre scarcity an.^Ie. The->< 
atrlcal Broadway -is in for a sur- i 
vlval of the fittest contest, whether: 
unintentionally or premedltatlvely. 

With excessive railroad transpor- 
tation rates and general bad con- 
dltlon» throughout the country, pro- 
ducers are none too sanguine to take 
a long" shot gamble of railroading 
^their attractions around the coun- 
try until a metropolitan opening 
presents Itself. 

Mo.«t have preferred to close 
rather than keep them going for the 
raij^-oads No less than 20 have 
brought In Inst month solely on ac- 
count of this coTOlition. 

Despite this attitude on the part 
of the wise producers njany new- 
comers are sparring with activity 
and going ahead with producinj. 
VVheti^er their output will ever reach 
liroadway will depend upin the 
broadness of the bankroll. 

Veteran managers have taken the 
attitude of let the other fellow 
break the spell If he wants to. 


Sam H. Harris will leave for the 
coast next Thursday to look over 
"Topsy and Eva," which is playing 
Los Angeles with the Duncan Sis- 
ters featured. The coast-produced 
musical which has attracted much 
attention will succeed "The Fool" 
at the Selwyn, Chicago, during the 


Husband, William C Masson, Gets ' 
Virtually Entire Estate 

The wl'.l of Brownie Wells, who 
died at her home in Jamaica, L. L, 
Nov. 5, was admitted to probate last 
week. By Its terms her husband,.^ 
William C. Masson, theatrical man- I 
ager and producer, inherits the bulk 
of her estate. The value is set at 
"over $5,000" In rcaJty and "over 
$100" in personal property. Mr. 
Masson is made executor without 

Miss Wells, who formerly played 
with Marie Tempest, Henry E. Dlxey 
and other stars, made only two spe- 
cific bequests. One was a gold and 
platinum diner ring with 46 dia- 
monds to Rose Anna Coughtry, 
grandnlece; the other was a piece of 
Jewelry or Its equivalent In money 
to I«ila Stevens of Sydney, Aus- 
tralia, another grandnlece. 



Brings Direct Attention — Advantageous for Short 
Bankrolls — Salary for Players Pro Rata — Carrie* 
Hope Besides 

Producers have found the special 
matinee idea an Inexpensive method 
in getting their production wares 
before a public. 

Although few. If any, ever realize 
a profit on the special showings, 
many have found It an excellent 
avenue in which to Interest addi- 
tional capital providing they have a 
s.alnble article. 

Several new firms with limited 
capital are planning to bring out 
their productions in this fashion 
rather than jaunt them around the 
country. -They take the angle that 
If the piece is as good as they be- 
lieve it to be, it will catch on at 
the matinees and that they can later 
throw H Into a night bill. 

One producer In particular who 
has but $0,000 to gamble with has 
pointed out that theatres can be 
rented for the special performances 
for from $200 to $300 a perform- 
ance, according to the location of 
the theatre. Tlie five can at least 
set his show for two weeks and 
either go over or convince him the 

piece Isn't there. , If accomplishing 
nothing else the producers stata 
that the Broadway showing and at- 
tendant publicity will help th« 
stock and picture rights possibili- 

On the other hand if the produc- 
tion had been taken out, the bank 
roll would be deleted In one bad 
week and the show perforce shelved 
without even a fair chance. 

The matinee showings <iave an 
additional angle that appeals to the 
short roll producers In that It prac- 
tically absolves them from any 
l->iulty Interference. The players 
are generally engaged at pro rat»- 
salifries. three or four performances 
constltutlng-their week and even if 
Equity should demand a bond the 
latter would cost little or nothing to 

In most ln.>^tnnces of the special"* 
matinees Equity waives the neces- 
sity of a bond so long as the com- 
pany does not leave New York and 
providing Its members are agree- 
able to the waiving. 

THursdiy, December 6, 1W8 





plain Clothes Men and Stenogs from District Attor- 
*-- ney's Office to Prowl White Way — Judge Prom- 
ises Drastic Punishment ^ . 

The "dirty play" notoriety has not 
ttnljr Involved the questionable 
Broadway productions, but, accord- 
ing to Judge Cornelius N. Collins In 
the Court of General Sessions yes- 
terday (Wednesday), has centered 
attention on all forms of Broadway 
•ntertalnmcnt, including the caba- 
rets, 'ihe jurist st.lted that the dis- 
trict attorney's department has com- 
missioned departmental stenograph- 
ers, accompanied by plain tlotlie.s 
men, to make the rounds of the 
White Way ho.stelries and cabarets 
and submit detailed reports. 

Relative to the "dirty" plays," 
^tidgre Collins in unmistakable lan- 
guage left little doubt that he wouia 
prosecute and punish the offending 
producing: manuger.'j with jail sen- 
tences. Judge Collins stated: "The 
abuse of our lihoral laws frovcrnlns 
the theatre will lend straight to cen- 
sorship. The decent managtrs 
won't permit such a condition as 
has been reported to exist. If only 
from motives of self interest." 

No Dodging Allowed. 
The judge also stated that the 
tnanagcrs' practise of deleting the 
questionable portions of their pro- 
ductions will have little effect on 
the Grand Jury'.s returning of in- 
dictments and the subsequent Im- 
position of sentence. If It Is proved 
that In the lifo of a production there 
have been salacious and obscene 
portions included, the manager is 

just as liable as If it were .still be- 
ing continued. 

It Is reported of an order lately 
for more clothing on the choristers 
and the elision of the "strong" lan- 
guage In "Artists and Models." 

District Attorney Joab H. Ban- 
lon'a attitude is that If a production 
does decide to "clean uj)" and elimi- 
nate the dirt it would be more ex- 
peditious to forget the complaint 
.and thus avoid any undue notoriety 
for the show's benefit. 

The appointment of a Grand Jury 
In General Sessions by Judge Cor- 
nelius N. Collins automatically 
quashes the public jury panel idea 
of Inveetlgatlng questionable met- 
ropolitan entertainment, according 
to August W. Glatzmeyer, commis- 
sioner of licenses of the city of 
N'ew York. The commissioner 
opines the Grand Jury ^ystem will 
prove trfore efficient and expedite 
matters to better advantage than 
a citizen jury's Inspection, and re- 
ports he Is well satisfied the mat- 
ter has been taken out of lils_/le- 
ixortnient for the time being. 
Jury Conference 

Louis Ilass, foreman of the Grand 
Jury, called a conference 
of that body Tuesday and reported 
back to Judge Collins. It was stated 
nothing would be publicly an- 
nounced as yet. 

It was reported one liroad- 
(ContinueJ . on page 16) 


Equity Players' New Play's 

Production and Weekly toss 

Under First Estimate 


apeoial Matinees at Republic, with 

The cost of producing "Queen 
Victoria," the first try of Equity 
Players this season at the 48th 
Street, was over-estimated, accord- 
ing to those on the Inside. Re- 
ports .'ere that th . production en- 
tailed an expenditure of )3S.0OO, 
whereas the actual outlay Is cl.ilmed 
to have been one:quarter that sum, 
or about $9,000. The costumes 
used were not especially designed 
but are being rented from the 
Kaves company. 

Although "Victoria" has been on 
the wrong side of the ledger to 
date, the loss is also claimed less 
than first Indicated. Operation of 
the house and show Is said to call 
for J8.000 gross for an even break. 
The attraction's opening pace wae 
$5,000 weekly. I.«,st week with an 
extra performance (Thankssiving 
matinee) receipts Increased about 
$1,900 and the gross viaa around 

Equity Players' next production 
will be "Neighbors," but the date 
it will succeed "Victoria" Is not set. 
The new piece will likely go on 
shortly after the first of the year. 


Picture Name and Three Men Ahead 
for Coast Show 

tioa AngtAem, Doc. 6. 

"In Old Kentucky," under the 
management of Arthur Huckwa.ld. 
open* for a tour of the west coast 
territory Saturday In San Diego. 

Ruth Stonehouse, from pictures, 
will be the featured player with the 
show carrying Arthur Wright's col- 
ored band of 16 pieces (or the pa- 

The troupe will have three men 
ahead, L. C. ZeUen«, BUI Dlnan and 
George Thompson, wltih E. U. Paul 



Embarking in New Theatrical Sup- 
ply Field 

' Olga Gray, an actress unknown In 
the east, but with a reputation of 
exceptional ability among well 
known professionals. Is listed for 
•peclal matinees shortly at the Re- 
pu1}llc. New York, under the direc- 
tion of Anne Nichols and Frank 
Kgan. She appeared at the coast 
under the direction of Elgan, who is 
now In New York arranging for the 
Special performances. 

Miss Gray Is declared to be the 
tnly American actress who made 
money In classical drama every time 
Hhe appeared. Mme. Nazlmova rates 
her as the single woman here who 
pan play Ibsen. 

On her way to the coast last sea- 
ton, Mary Garden Is known to have 
telegraphed Miss Gray to put on a 
Bpeclal performance. Miss Gray was 
bom here, but her father was an 
Austrian. She has been abroad a 
number of times, devoting herself 
to the study of classic drama. 

Two plays of that school are listed 

(or Miss Gray's appearances at the 

R«pi>bllc. They are Maeterllnk's 

"MoDA Vanna" and "Magda," by 

' budermann. 


6hubert, Newark, Cutting Out Mon- 
day Night Show, Inserting Matinee 

Newark, N. J., Dec. 5. 

Morris Schleslnger has decided 
that "Up She Goes" will not open 
at his local Shubert until Tuesday 
evening. It cuts out the usual 
Christmas m.itlnco and the night 
before Xmas performance. 

The show will give five night and 
three matinee performances 


Kansas City, Dec. B. 
The Shubert-Mlssourl, formerly 
the Century (burlesque), went dark 
Saturday and will remain closed In- 
definitely. "Scar.nmouche," the Me- 
tro special, closed a three weeks' 
Engagement with a gross of about 
|7,S00 for the entire time. 

Henry Ilorlon will shelve hia 
vaudeville act, "Uncle I.em's Dilem- 
ma," to appear In a revival of 
"Eben Iloldtn," which will be sent 
out for a tour of the one nighters. 

Horton Is now casting the piece 
and expects to have It ready for an 
opening on Christmas Day. 

A new field of activity for the 
.■supplying of settings, costumes and 
players, stage presentations, and 
for special events such as ballots, 
spectacles, pageants, and the like. 
Indoor and out, has been embarked 
In by R. H. Bumslde. 

The former director of the Hip- 
podrome has taken over the Hippo- 
drome studios, warehouse and shops 
on West 47th street, and controls 
all flie mechanlca) and electrical 
effects in adddtlon to the produc- 
tions used In the big house for spec- 
tacles and attractions for the past 
eight years. 

The new project alms to direct 
and rehearse playis, choruses and 
balleite In any settings and costumes 
desired. The great volume of ma- 
terial on hand includes the books 
and scores of all the Hippodrome 
attractions during Burnside's re- 
gdme. Raymond Hubbell, who com- 
posed the ocore for the Hip spec- 
tacles^ has joined Bumslde In the 
venture. Civic and private cele- 
brations will be sought. 

Wells Hawks will be general rep- 


Louis F. Werba, who alrcidy con- 
trols the Montauk, took over an- 
other Brooklyn house yesterday, ac- 
quiring the Crescent on a long-term 
lease. The gross rental Is $600,000. 
The policy has not been determined, 
but probably will be dramatic. The 
house is to be taken over In the 
spring, at which time the name will 
be changed. 

Ralph Delmore Remembered Fund 
A bcfuest of $2,000 to the Actors' 
Fund of America Is embodied In the 
win- of the late Ralph Delmore, 
.actor, filed for probate In the Sur- 
rogate's Court, New York, this week. 
His estate Is valued at about $5,000. 
the residue being left to his only 
surviving relative, Dorothy Dclroy, 
of 308 West Slat street. New York. 
William C. Austin Is named as 
executor. Delmore died Nov. 21 at 
the Lutheran {lospltal after a lonj; 

Oliver Morosco's "Crossed Wires" 

Oliver Morosco has taken ovpr the 
production of "Crossed Wires," a 
play by Richard A. Purdy, which 
was to have been brought out by 
his brother, Leslie Morosco. 

The piece been recaptloned 
"Across the Way." It will go Into 
rehearsal the latter part of the 


Mrs. John L. Clawson Met Husband 
While With Theatre Guild 

Buffalo, Dec. 5. 

News of the marriage In New 
York of John L. Clawaon, Buffalo 
banker and merchant, to Emma H. 
Miller, actress, was received with 
surprise by the local social set. Mr. 
Clawson, 58, Is the bead of the larg- 
est wholesale dry goods concern l>e- 
tween New York and Chicago and 
a director of the Marine Trust Com- 

His bride, lesa than half his age, 
was a member of the Theatre Guild 
Company, and played here In the 
"Devil's Disciple" with Basil Syd- 
ney only a few weeks ago. 

"Thre short courtship commenced 
when ttie company hit Buffalo. Miss 
Miller and Mr. Sydney presented 
letters of Introduction to Clawson 
at his elaborate library in the Claw- 
son mansion. For many years Mr. 
Clawson has been a collector of 
rare volumes, and Is said to have 
a library of Uterary treasures rated 
to t>e anM>ng the most valuable In 

Miss Miller also developed a vig- 
orous enthusiasm for old tomes, and 
when the company moved on to 
Canada Mr. Clawson arcompanled 
them there, where, at London, On- 
tario, he persuaded his wife to leave 
the stage and become the heAd of 
the Clawson household. 

Mr. Clawson Is the father of II. 
Phelps Clawson, who w^ais promi- 
nently mentioned as a close friend 
of Mrs. James Stillman In the re- 
cent Stillman matrimonial episodes. 
The bride Is the daiightor of a 
prominent Missslsslppi family, hav- 
ing made her professional debut 
with Frank Craven in "Too Many 

This Is Mr. Clawson's second ven- 
ture, he having been left a widower 
several years ago. 

Real Estate Man "Taking Care 

of Friends" — Excepts 

Keith's and St. James 

Boston. Dec. 6. 

A new cut rate theatre ticket sell- 
li.g scheme which has come to light 
here Is puzzling theatre managers 
and ticket agency proprietors. 

A real estate dealer, Winslow A. 
Dunne, it is alleged. Is disposing of 
theatre tickets on a contract basis 
at a little more than halt of tho 
regular box ofllce rate. He appar- 
ently loses $31. 2S on each deal. 

In speaking of his plan, Mr. Dunne 

"It is simply betMteen myself and 
a few friends, not over twenty. I 
am not doing a public business and 
will not make any more contracts. 
It Is a way I have of rewarding per- 
sona who have done me favors. 
Sometimes I give tickets to persons 
who have favored me, but to others 
I make up the following contract: 

" 'In consideration of $37.50 paid 

me by I hereby agree to 

deliver to him or his order 25 or- 
chestra seats (box offlce price $2.75 
each) good for any theatre except 
Keith's and St. James; good holi- 
days and evenings except Saturday 
evening. Not more than four scats 
a performance. When the box 
office price is more than $2.76 for a 
ticket you pay the dilTeronce. Four 
days' notice required. Seats within 
the first ten rows." " 
* The contr.acts are good for one 
year from date. 


St. Louis Municipal Opera Again 
Next Season 

St. Louis, Dec. S. 

The fclxth season of 
Opera to be presented In the open 
air theatre In Forest pnrk during 
the summer of 1»24 will open May 
26 and close Aug. t. 

A new production will be offered 
weekly. The chorus will again be 
a strictly all-St. Louis. 

David E. Rui.sell. managing 
director of th<» opera since It's be- 
ginning in 1919, will serve again. DIreotor Charles I'evln. 
.Stage Director Frank I'.langer ami 
several principals were re-engaged. 


""Out of the Past" Stops in Be- 
ginning — Authoress and 
Directress Squabble 

The proposed production of "Out 
of the Past," a comedy drama which 
Irene Nelson, former stock star, was 
to have had as a vehicle with which 
to propel her before metropolitan 
audiences, wars called off yesterday 
after a stormy session In the re- 
hearsal hall. 

Miss Nelson and Adele Hemming, 
the latter the author of the piece, 
were financing Its production and 
handling their own business, H was 
said. MISS Nelson was also d;lrect- 
Ing the piece. 

The play had been In rehearsal 
eight days when Miss Nelson' de- 
manded several changes in the 
script. Miss Hemming objected. 
After several days of wrangling the 
aiftalr cams to a climax wheii the 
dlrector-star-anirel withdrew her 
presence, and financial support as 

Members of the company said 
they were assured that the piece 
would again be placed In rehearsal, 
and if it were entirely abandoned 
Mies Hemming would probably re- 
imburse the players with a week's 

It was also hinted Miss Hemming 
might bring clvU actioa against 
Miss Nelson. 


Chicago, Dec. S. 

Oanna Walska McCormIck has 
"staked" the Wagnerian Opera Com- 
pany to $17,000 to tide them over 
until they can open Christmas week 
In New York. 

She advanced $9,000 to move the 
troupe from Cleveland to Detroit 
and, following a bad week at the 
latter point, put up $8,000. She is to 
moke a debut In "The Marriage of 
Figaro" In New York. 


Alys Delysla, repaying a compli- 
ment, gave a dinner at the Astor 
Last Saturday In honor of Bard and 
Pearl and the members of the "Top- 
ics of 192S" cast. 

They previously had done the 
some thing by Alys. 



No Immediate Agreement in Sight — "Conspiracy" 
Blocks Path — Nothing Occurring Before New 
Year, Anyway 

^i-'diiifi'i airfV 'I'fli 

The time hmlt is off the negotia- 
tions for a new agreement between 
the Producing Managers' Associa- 
tion and Equity. The managers 
say there ars clauses In the pro- 
posed agreement which are Illegal 
and would make them subject to 
damage suits under tho Sherman 
anti-trust act Kqulty persists In 
claiming tho proposal contains 
nothing outside the law. 

The managerial steering commit- 
tee assigned to handle the Kqulty 
situation were In session this week. 
Following discussions participated 
In by several of Broadway's most 
prominent producers. It was decided 
to secure outside legal opinions as to 
tho status of the questionable pro- 

At least two members of tho 
P. M. A. who have figured In the 
deliberations, with legal minds and 
pr.actlclng that profession formeily, 
are in accord as to the danger of ac- 
cepting any agreement which would 
place the P. M. A. and Its members 
open to the charge of consplrary. 

The feature of the proposed 
.-ierccment which brought about the 
first difference of opinion concerned 
th» limitations which wovild be 
placed on Fidelity members and the 
bar to earning a livelihood of play- 
ers In their own wt.v. Tho question 
of cloned shop has yet to come be- 
fore the managerial body for deci- 
sion. On that point the fight 
la«aliist the propoBe<l n;;r'~'>ni''rM 
I will really pivot Juet when thi; 


deciding meeting will be culled la 
Indellntte, but It Is stated such a 
session can hardly be called until 
well past the new year. 

It Is now believed possible the 
Elqulty situation will drift along In 
Its present status until the end of 
the season, at which time the agree- 
ment of 1919 expires. In that casi> 
there will b4 no basic agreement 
and managers would proceed Is- 
suing their own contracts as prior 
to the strike. 

Regardless, the P. M. A. mem- 
bership Is declared ready to guar- 
antee the present form of rontrarts 
which would ensure players of con- 
ditions no less advantageous ^Jthan 
at present. This Is along the lines 
of the managerial suggestion to 
liquify that the basic agreement be 
continued for another five years. 

Man.igcrlal opinion Is that If 
further attempts at consummating 
a new agreement are unsuccessful, 
ISquity will at least make a flutter 
of an attempt to put over the~ 
cloeed shop. It Is qucstloneil 
Hlicther I'>iulty will not seek tu 
prevent pl.-.yers from making con- 
tracts for next season, but will at- 
tempt to dictate the conditions 
whc.-cby th contracts could b. In- 
validated in the event of .-i strike. 
.Some such sy.stcm Is supposed to 
be in force now, players having 
been Inslrncted to Insert a provision 
m.iklng It obligatory for a new 
Hgreeinent between the P. M. A ami 
lOiIiiily in order that the player can 

LIJ ilCid _ 



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Tbunday, December t, TUtth 


Christmas Eve Matinees May Be Dropped with 
Extras Shoved In After Santa Claus Leaves Town 
—Thanksgiving Harvest Week 


Imposing Lirt Passes Out When 
Pro|>os«d Corporation Collapses 

Ijegitimate business dropped ofl 
•harply this w«ek, runoing to the 
form expected for the three-week 
period prior to Christinas. The pre- 
boliddy slump is fully discounted, 
managers even figuring on drop- 
ping Christmas Eve performancee, 
(Which would fall on Monday, but 
evening up by extra matinees dur- 
_ Ins the period up to Kew Year's 
' Xtay. Vor the attractions drawing 
fairly good business grosses are an- 
ticipated to drop t-l.OOO or more 
this week from the flgures of last 
week, when taldngs went upward 
by virtue of Tluuiksgivlng. 

Last week was really the peak of 
the fall season, with the leaders, 
both miMlcal and dramatic, making 
a real harvest. Four musicals beat 
130,000, with the "Follies" far in the 
lead with a total of $43,000. "The 
Stepping Stones" got $35,000 at the 
Globe, and the "Music Box Revue" 
went to $30,300. None of the big 
three played extra matineea. "Art- 
ists and Models," at the Shubert, 
With an added performance, went to 

"Poppy" Tops Musicals 
"I'oppy" topped the musical shows' 
scale at intermediate prices by 
reaching close to the $24,000 mark. 
"WUdflower" did as well with the 
aid of an added matinee. Some at- 
tractions moved the usual Wednes- 
day afternoon show over to Thurs- 
day, but all benefited by the holiday 
vU lifted scales for Thanksgiving 
and the nl^ht before. 

"The Greenwich Vlllaife l^'ollles," 
which has been successful at the 
Winter Garden, was credited with 
more than t2S,«00: "Mr. Battling 
Butler," wMch bettered its early 
weeks at the Selwyn, grossed about 
$18,500: "Uttle Jease James" sur- 
prised last week, drawing over 
$16,000 at the ILiongacre. That mod- 
erately gaitcd musical was listed 
for tour about the first of the year 
but it ought to remain through the 

The strength of the non-musicals, 
however, featured the Th.inkegivlng 
week bu8in«09. There were 11 at- 
tractions of that class which beat 
$14,000, seven of them getting $16,- 
000, and two better than $21,0«0. 
"Lullaby" in Lead 

"The Lullaby," at the Knicker- 
bock«'r. and "The Nervous Wreck" 
led the list with $22,000 and more 
on a nine-performance basis. "Ham- 
let," with John Barrymore, at the 
Manhattan, started his three week 
return engagement here with a 
$19,000 week. "The Swan," which 
tops the field in point of demand, 
went to $19,000*at the Cort. The 
holdover quartette all went to big 
money, "Rain" drawing $15,900 at 
the Klllott, "Aren't We All" getting 
$16,000 at the Gaiety. "Abie's Irish 
Rose" hitting $16,000 at thr Re- 
public, and "Seventh Heaven" $14,- 
600 at the Booth. 

All played nine performances ex- 
cept ••Rain." "The Changelings" 
(Continued on page 39) 


Summonses Issued — Arrow Co. Must 
Chirge of $13 foV Two "Nervous 
at $?.?0 F-'" 



The Arden Productions, Inc., 
starting with nn imposing list of 
pronnised productions, collapsed this 
week 4vi'thout getting one into re- 

The collapse of the new produc- 
ing Arm is said to have t>een pre- 
cipitated by internal trouble be- 
tween Henry Arden, former actor, 
and head of the producing company, 
and his backers. 

Arden refused to discuss the mat- 
ter, but admitted the list of'fi'Oduc- 
tions Is off. He said he may do one 
independently later. 

From another source it was 
learned that the backers had with- 
drawn financial support wlven Ar- 
den had not fulflUed his end of the 
agreement. According to the ar- 
rangement, Arden was to h.ive 
matched the sum which the back- 
em had put up in eocrow with a 
Times square bank. 

A meeting of the oflBcers of the 
corporation was held Monday and 
the ultimatum was banded Arden. 

Arden had tied up several plays 
with adv.ince royalty which is snid 
to have been paid by himself. He 
also advanced office rent and other 
expemijture« which were to have 
been charged against the corpora- 
tion when it had placed a piece in 
rehear (Mil. 


Grant Mitchell Had Idea Right, but 
Title Wrong 

'j'l-.c Arrow Company contends 
thnt it was a "misunderstanding" 
and that In order to accommodate 
Mr. Klliott the clerk was forced to 
purchase tbs scats from a ticket 
speculator, as the company was out 
of the seats for tliat performance. 

District Attorney' Banton his 
joined forces with Police Inspector 
James S. Bolan In declaring war on 
the ticket gougers of the Times 
square district. The activities be- 
gun this week on the part of the 
District Attorney have thrown a 
number of brokers into panic, wlUle 
others are hoping against hope that 
the Appellate Division decision in 
the "Rube" Welter e«se will be up- 
set on appeal to tbe Court «f Ap- 

No sooner had the Appellate Di- 
vision Sustained tbe lower court 
conviction of Weller on the charge 
of having overcharged more than 
the legal fee of 50 cents advance 
over box office price permissible to 
licensed agencies than the District 
Attorney invited victims of the 
Norton alleges that at his request i "'<^'''P<''"\|" "!«•*« "^f'r complaint di- 
Ihe clerk at the Alpha Delia Phi 
Club, ]36 West 44th street, to ordtr 
two tickets by telephone from the 
company for Saturday night's jjer-' 
formnacc of "The Nervous Wreck." 
A colored me.sseniror Liter delivered 
the tickets, along with a bill for 
$13.20. The tickets were stamped 
$3.30 each. 

"I telephoned the comp.iny and 
protested to iiay double the box of- 
fice price. I demanded the tickets 
at SO cents over the box olllce price, 
according to the decision of the Ap- 
pellate Court. The clerk answered 
lliat I would h.ive to pay the price 
asked or return the tickets. 

"I told^him I would pay the exor- 
bitant prtce under protest. I de- 
manded and got a receipt from the 
mcsaengcr, and Monday I notified 
the District Attorney," 

.\s .. : , ■ . . :> u. ..'., .' , ..;.■; 
tlci;c; -. ■ ! :'.r.;-.H |jf.;,u;i by District 
Attciucy ^i.xn'.on and the police, 
sumiroi.NOs '*.^re issued yesterday by 
MoBistriiJe Krothingham in the West 
Hn'.e Court against four ticket 
brokers. They are returnable Dec. 
11, an.l the nuestion of ^prices for 
tRkets will be thrashed out. 

The siiini on.'es were issued at 
the rc-.u : it of Assistant District At- 
torney I.ehm.ann on representations 
made by Klliott D. Norton ot 490 
Kiv«rsiue Drive, salesman for the 
Cornell Utllitiea Co. ot 103 Park 
&venue. The brokers named in the 
summons are James Potter and 
William L. Deutsch of 1539 Broad- 
way and Joseph Gransky and Wil- 
liam Busdel of 1509 Broadway. 

An additional summons against 
the members of the Arrow Ticket 
Company of 1539 Broadway, also ob- 
tained by Mr. Norton, was retum- 
•ble to-day, but counsel for the 
company requested an adjournment 
tinlil next Tuesday, when all the 
cases will be heard. 

In the Arrow Company case Mr 

reft to him. 

Society matrons and debutantes 
"ran" the Commodore and Biltmore 
hotels Monday in aid of the Society 
of the Prevention and Relief of Tu- 
berculosis. In addition to various 
activities within the big hoatelrles, 
a revue was presented in the Bilt- 
more in conjunction with a fashion 
show. About 300 persons paid $5 to 
see the show in the morning and 506 
witnessed the matinee. Receipts 
from the -two performances were 
quoted at $3,500. 

Roi Cooper Megrue came out of 
hiding to write the book for the re- 
vue, which was called "Making Up a 
Phow," while his teaip-mnte, Ray- 
mond Hubbell, supplied the score. 
Alexander Lcftwich staged the 
r.ishion show section. 

Among Broadway professionals in 
tho cast were Madge Kennedy. 
Ernest Glendinning, Grant Mitchell 
and Frank Fay. Mitchell waa at a 
disadvantage in the morning session, 
perhaps because he had to get up 
before breakfast. Upon his entry 
he inquired : "Is this the Society for 
the Promotion of Tuberculosis?" 
The error wan quickly pdinted cut 
to him. 

Another contribution from a 
Broadway source was the Keith's 
Boys' Band, ensconsed in the grand 
iMll room. 

K. ft E. LOSE 1,250 F. P. SHASES 

Marc Klaw and A. L. Erlanger 
jointly suffered the loss ot 1,250 
share? ot stock in Famous Players- 
Lasky Corporation when the Ap- 
pellate Division sustained an appeal 
of the Bankers' Trust Company, ex- 
ecutors of the late Alt H-tyman's 

It was alleged K. & K. had been 
parties to an agreement exacted 
from Hayman when Charles Froh- 
raan. Inc., was about to be formed. 
This apreenient was repugnant to 
the Utter and spirit of the credit- 
ors' agreement following Frohman's 

The following extracts Iroin Jusiiic Mai tin's opinion s)ie.Tk for 
llienisi ;ves: • 

".Mthouph the theatre nmy serve many useful purposes, its most 
iuiiiortant fuutions arc the promotion of jiulilii welfare and eOiication, 
A^ the poi>ulation becomes more conKest( il in the ureal <iti<s, 
as the hours of labor become shorter, the necessity of affording 
rotrcition, amusement iind education to the inh-ibiLints beioiiic more 
imperative. Tlierefoie the tho.itre becomes mure ei-fcntial to the wel- 
fare of the public; it becomes more 'affected with public in- 
terest." ... 

"The evils of Ihentrc tftkct epeculatinp are undisputed. The street 
speculator in particular has become a nuisance, ili* purpose is to 
prey on the people by selling his tickets at an extortionate 
price. . . , 

"There seems to b* ample evidence that the calling of the ticket 
speculator has been associated with certain abuses and thnt all 
<fforts to remedy these, wt are told, have been in vain. . . ." 


Ticket Agency Interests Split After 
Brief Ew p ei himit ' - . 

Without ottering any ezplanatlOD, 
the McBride ticket agency Interests 
have withdrawn from the Tyson 
ticket offices, thus terminating the 
combination effected last summer. 
No explanation ot the split was of- 
fered excepwtlrat John S. McBride, 
who has been manager of the Tyson 
42nd street office since the amalga- 
mation. Is going to Europe tor sev- 
eral pionths. 

When the experiment was started 
last summer, it was reported the 
beginning of an agency combine 
to offset the proposed managers' 
central ticket office scheme, but 
this was denied. 

McBride is credited with having 
Increased the Tyson business from 
$40* daUy to %e.009. 


Flo Zlegfeld has denied reports 
"Sally" will be withdrawn this sea- 
son. He said the ebow will play 
east until Jan. 12, then go ao\ith and 
move west, winding up in tbe Paci- 
fic northwest. 


ReiMMlapr, N. Y,, On^rs t Pieturee 
'., Heweee Cleaed 

Albany, N. T., Dec. B. 

Ab a precautioiLaKainet smallpoa^i 
Dr. Daniel F. Hannon, health offlcei 
of Rensselaer, N. T., yesterday ora 
dered Rensselaer's two picture 
houses closed until further notice^ 

At the same time Dr. Hannon or< 
dered the public and parochial 
schools closed until next Monday ttf 
give the pupils ample time In whicli 
to be vaccinated. 

The measures were taken when 14 
was learned that brothers and eia^ 
ters of two smallpox patients in' 
Rensselaer had been attending* 

Manager Edward E. tiyons ha4 
book isd the Wagnerian opera coma 
ntfny ^t' the Capitol for the last halC 
of next week. "Sall^, Irene 
Mary" is billed tor tlie first half. 

George Price's "Ge EaeV Faree. 

The scenario for a farce to tt4 
called "Go East, Young l*dy." ha* 
been sketched out by Georgie Prlc*); 
who lately returned from his to^ir 
with the closing "Spice ot 1922." 


Point May Be Taken to New York Court of Appeals 
— Matter of Weller Selling Palace Theatre 
Tickets Unlicensed — Fined in Lower Court 

The constitutionality ot the New 
York state law compelling all 
ticket speculators to license from 
the State Comptroller and limit 
their premiums to a 60 cents ad- 
vance, was upheld by the Appellate 
Division of the New Tork Supreme 
Court last Friday by a three to 
two decision. 

Justice Francis Martin wrote an 
illuminating and interesting 23- 
page opinion to which Justices 
Walter Uoyd Smith and Jebn V. 
McAvoy concurred. Presiding Jus- 
tice John Proctor Clarko and Jus- 
tice Edward R. Finch dissented. 

The case was the People of the 
State of New York against Reuben 
WellM', a ticket spec located next 
door to Keith's PaJace, New Tork, 
who was convicted in Special Ses- 
sions Feb. 16 last and lined $2S 
with the altemf.tive of five *ays 
in Jail. WeJler, through Louis 
Marshall, of Guggenheimer. Unter- 
meyer & Marsliall, appealed to the 
Appellate Division eonteeting the 
constitutionality ot the stote ordi- 
nance. Mr. Marshall stated he will 
carry the case to the Court of Ap- 
peals for final review. 

Theatre and Public 

Several quotations from Justice 
Martin's opinion are boxed adja- 
cently. The Jurist took the posi- 
tion that the theatre, although a 
privately operated enterprise, is a 
quasi-public venture quoting A. E. 
Haight's treatise. "The Attic Thea- 
tre" to point out that from the 
days ot the early Greeks who 
looked upon their amusement and 
theatrical coroSaries as an impor- 
tant (Mtional necessity thus ofB- 
cially placing a stamp ot general 
public Interest on show bueiness 
from the start. 

In addition to holding no brief 
for the specs. Justice Martin also 
scores the producing managers as 
follows: "The method now pursued 
in the disposal or resale ot tickets 
w.i.s described at the trial. It Is 
Interesting in tliut it shows a com- 
munity of Interest between the 
theatrical managers and the jokers 
wlio s«ll to the put.Oic, or an un- 
dcrwriliriK of the attrnction by .the 
speculators for which tho public 
must pay. Tlie hope of expecting 
that the abuses or evils in the- 
atrical ticket siHculation may bo 
remedied by the producing mana- 
rrcrs is disr^'Hed by the le«timony 
in this case." 

Financing Show* 

This refers to David Marks, a 
witness in the Weller trial in the 
J^liecial Session proceedings who. as 
an expert, tcetifitd ticket specu- 
lation is CO years old, and tluit 
George Tyson was the pioneer. 
Marks went into details bow the 
speculators Jlnnnoe productions 
when tho producers come to them 
and ."ulvlse that t»o many weeks 
fr«m today sucb aqd such produc- 
tinn will h» kUa4^ •• ».«•* -"..i 

such hotise, requesting the specs to 
make reservations for flocks of 
seats or "buys." Marks pointed otrtl 
that to the ticket broker theatr* 
tickets were merely merchandise or 
anj^hlng else and that If tbe showr 
they had bought scats for prove« 
a flop they are financially that mucU~ 
out. Marks said that tbe apecM 
often sink, from $50,000 to $80,000; 
in a production before it is even 
put in rehearsal. ^ 

Weller was specifically chargedl 
with reselling Palace (vauderiBe)! 
theatre tickets to John Cunltt oni 
Oct. 26, 1932, without being licensed. 
Brokers of Weller's type are natn* 
rally averse to such licensing be^ 
cause It means a pledging to limifc 
themselves to a 60-cent premium. 

This appeal was looked forward 
to by everybody concerned as a. 
test case. 

The contention is that the Inter- 
ference with the ticket t>ndier'« 
business is illegal as is the prices 
fixing of the premium. District At^ 
torney Joab H. Banton for the Peo4 
pie, etc., took the opposite viewv 
which was trpheld, that because th«» 
theatre is so much "affected wltfai 
public interest" it is a question for 
the state to regulate. 

Defines Speculator 

The opinion quotes the definition 
ot a ticket speculator and his busi- 
ness from a previous decision in 
the case of CoUister vs. Haymao. 
et al., 183, N. Y. 2S at page 864, 
where it is said: "A ticket specu^ 
lator is one who sells at an ad- 
vance over the price charged by 
the management. Speculation oT T'", 
this kind frequently leads to abuse,, 
especially when the theatre is full 
and but few tickets are left so that 
extortionate prices may be exacted 
A regulation of the proprietor 
which tends to protect his patrons * 
from extortionate prices is reason- 
aUe and he has the right to make 
it a part of the contract and a con- 
dition of saJe. Unless he can con- 
trol the matter by contract and by 
conditions appearing upon the face 
of the ticket. ... he may not bo 
able to control it nil but must leave 
his patrons to the mercy of the 
speculators such a.s the plaintiff, 
who, as he iilIcKes, «as accustomed 
to make at hast $1,000 .-i year from 
hi.<» business. That amount of 
course came out of the patrons of 
the thc.-itrrs and if other ticket 
.■speculators carryiiiK on the same 
lousiness at variuux thoutres in tbe 
city of New YorI< aro eqyally suc- 
cessful, the addUii!ji.'\l expense of 
tliealre-t'oers must In. large." 

Ccincidenlally with this opinion, 
two brief decisions were handed 
down in similar proceedings .TK.iinst 
Louis Cohen and Leo Newman, two 
other ot the ticket men in the Times 
square district, who were dis- 
charged on the ground of violating 
a municipal ordinance. Their of- 
fenses ante-date the inception of 
the state law and is not appllcaMe 

Thunday, December 6. If23 



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Demand by Friends Leads -to Special Edition — 
Regular Publication Price, $2.50— Shortly to Be 
. Circulated— rSuggested as Xmas Prccent 

So manr d*inan4« hay* r»*fth»id 
Nellie Revell ai the Hote4 Samrr- 
•et. on West 4Tth atrer^Mew Vork. 
for. her AUtorraph in her book, 
•"Riffht on the Cheat." that the re- 
queata decided the committee in 
charge of the sale and distribution 
of the volume (with Nellie'a willlns- 
neas to sigh her name on those so 
ordereQ) to make a special de luxe 
edition for that single purpose. 
• While "Right Off the Che^f will 
regularly sell, as published by 
George rf. Doran. New York, for 
• It.SO per book, the committee also 
decided that since a majority of 
the requests for the nuto^raphed 
volume, coming from friends or ad- 
mirers of the plucky woman, vol- 
unteered a higher price for the spe- 
cial book, that a uniform figure of 
(10 each b» placed upon the de 
luxe autographed book of Nellie's. 

This offer of the committee »t.~nd» 
for every one. The committee con- 
cluded that #ith the pre-lndicated 
preference for Nellie's signature on 
her book, the desire might extend 
throughout the country, %ad no one 
should be deprived of the privilege 
who '■might later want an auto- 
graphed volume after the special 
edition had been exhausted. 

The de luxe "Right Off the Chest ' 
Will be bound in embossed leather, 
and with the book itself of some 
340 pages, make a handsome volume. 

To acquaint Miss ReveH in per 


man with the name* of every one 
wanting her autograph oa her l>oM^ 
it has been sugge^ed by the com- 
mittee that applicants for the |tO de 
luxe autographed) Nellie ReveU vol- 
ume write and remit direct to Nellie 
at the Hotel Somerset. 

Raque»* ■■ have reached Miss Re- 
vell asking if her book will be pub- 
lished by Chrlstmae. as the writers 
say they want to buy and use it 
as a Christmas present. Mr. Doran 
has assured Mise Revell "Right OR 
the Cheat" will be ready for detlv 
cry by the end of this week. 

"Right Off the Che.sf Is claimed 
to iJC by those who have read Its 
advanced proofs the moat remark-i 
able book by a remarkable woman 
published io a decjiide. It tells in 
a humorous vein the tight put up 
by 1 cripple pronounced heipiesii 
through a spinal condition, and her 
successful battle to regain control 
of her body and limba through «4ieer 
force of will power. , 

It If probably the most outstand- 
ing example of mind- over matter 
without a faith-cure attachment 
that has ever been presented to the 
public, professional or lay, between 
the covers of a book. 

Dr. George D. Stewart, president 
of the Academy of Medicine in New 
Tork. has reoommendA that "Right 
Off the Chest" be adopted by boards 
of education, the medical profes- 
sion, nurses and patients aa a text 


Contsmplating Bsrklsy and Ons- 

Despite having run up against 
•everal previous enags in the way 
of iV^ating a suitable theatre, Grace 
Anderson ia determined that New 
'Vork shall gliiApse her Thrill Box 

MIsa Anderson had planned earlier 
in ^the season to take over the 
C^-aloner, New York, for a season of 
revivals of pop melodramas, but this 
deal fell through when the manage- 
ment couldn't see the Idea of chang- 
ing from a picture policy. 

Miss Anderson has modified her 
plana and proposes to launch her 
idea after the fashion of the Grand 
Gulgnol Pleyera, offering playlets of 
either shock or thrill variety. 

She has entered negotiations with 
the management of the Berkley in 
West 62nd street and it Is expected 
the deal will be closed this week. 

MIsa Anderson haa calle.d her 
company for rehearsal next Mon- 
day. . 

HeiM>Ian is to offer a bill of four 
playlets with a change of bill every 
two weeks. 


Oeelarsd in By Court on 29 Per Cent 
of "Lady Friends" 

Dania) V. Arthur was given a 
verdict this week In the New York 
Supreme Court by JustA:e Mitchell 
and a Jury in his suit for 35 per cent 
interest o( "My Lady Friends" in 
which the late Clifton Crawford 
was starred by Harry H. Fraiee. 
Arthur set forth he was responsible 
for bringing the vehicle to Frazee. 

Frazee must now render an ac- 
couiUIng of the profits to a referee 
in order to determine Arthur's quar- 
ter interest therein. O'Brien, Male- 
vlnsky & Driacoli were the plaintiffs 


"Snipers'" employed in New York 
for small sheet paper and card tack- 
ing have asked for a raise in wage 
scale, the men setting a |4 daily 
minimum. Managers failed to ac- 
cept the increase and are reported 
having eliminated that class of out- 
door publicity. Only a few Broad- 
way attractions engaged snipers, 
most of the work applying to out- 
lying houses. 


Opinions of the metropolitan critics on the new legitimats pro- 
ductions. Published weekly in Variety as a guide to the rsliability 
of ths critical judgment on plays sxprsssed by the reviewers on the 

Ths opinion will bs rspsatsd whsn a play closes on Broadway 
after a long or short run with ths critics to bs boxsesred at intsr- 
vals, rated by psrcsntags on their judgment as recorded. 

The Talking Parrot 
Practically a unanimous decision 
.against this comedy with the prize 
"pan" notices of tlie season being 
turned in. Besides which the cast 
was acclaimed to be worse tlian the 

The Lady 

A general tHophery of x long run 
with Mary NaKh, Kli2iil>etl> Kindun 
and Victor Morley receivins special 
commendation in tlio reviews. 
"Tribune" It a« the moHt 
enjoyable oft'erini; "Hiiire 'Kain' " 
while it ltnpr«'n«oil tlio "Herald" as 
"great for the womcr.' Variety 
(<!rpen) think.s little of the pice? 
or its chances. 

Psiieas and Melisands 
None of the line men evi- 
denced any particular regard for 
the pUy ItselC while hailing Jine 
Cowl for b«r performance which 

some classed na gre.-iter than her 
interpretation of "Juliet." 

"World" (Broun) seemed to like 
everything about the production 
except the play; "American" de>- 
clared. "Miss Cowl good in a pre- 
posterous play," and the "News" 
(Mantle) deemed it, "not for 
Broadway In spite of MisH Cowl's 
skill." Variety (Lait) siy.s the play 
is all wrung but Miss Cowl in it is 
all right. 

"Laugh, Clown, Laugh" 

Lionel Barrymore ard l.m K^'ilh 
won .<)uperlative noticf.^ for thfir 
performances in this n^wp.^f of 
Belasoo entrie.i, which n-ceivoii on 
unaninrou.s verdict of approval from 
the preos. Of th > review* there 
were but two qualifying notices. 
The "World" (Broun) »»id: "The 
second act excellent: the other two 
fair," and the "Mail" (Craig): "Ue- 
la.'tco and parrymoro save .a theatri- 
cal And overwritten piece," 

9 MORE Wrnfl)RAWN 

"Lee'^ Perishes in Second and 

"Parrot" Gets Panning 

from Reviewers 

There were nine departures from 
Broadway last week Instead of eight 
listed. The added flop was "Robert 
E. Lee," which was sent to the 
sttfehouse from the Ritz, tho house 
going dark Monday., "Lee" failed to 
attract much attentiob other than 
from^he reviewers. The expectation 
of -'A smart floor-tffiw for a few 
weeks proved a bubble. The Drink- 
water work added one more to the 
group of plays by well known au- 
thors which failed In November. 

The flrst week "Lee" got about 
)(,M0 and dropped about (t.OOO the 
second, regardless of 'the Thanks- 
girtng holidays. « 

Robert E. Lee 

A gsnarous rscsptidn was al- 
lotted this Drinkwatsr work from 
a mixturs of first and ssoond 
string rsviswers who turned in 
notices that hinted at sectional 
fssling, perhaps due to the bap- 
tism of fire this production wont 
through in ths souths- As an in- 
stancs, the "Tribune" quoted: 
"Should appeal to all but South- 
smsrs." Varisty (Lait), in sum- 
ming up the* situation, said: "It 
is not likely ths play will bs any 
mors popular up north." 

Thia-weel; shows a let down in 
llie closings. Only one is in line, 
that being "The Talkin«; Parrot," 
which opened unopposed Monday. 
That brought the firat line critics in 
action, and they accorded the piece 
the worst panning in a year. 

Ths Talking Parrot 
Practically a unanimous deci- 
sion against this comedy with 
the prize "pan* notices of the 
season being turned in. Besides 
whidi, the cast was acclaimed 
to be worse than the show. 


Chicago Managers Here With Attor- 
nsys — Chicago Oats 

Frank Gazzolo and his partner, 
George Hanks, arrived from Chicago 
yesterday with the object of obtain- 
ing some agreement whereby the 
"Abie's Irish Rose" booking for the 
Studebaker can be adjusted. At- 
torneys representing the Chicago 
managersi and the Shubert.s also 
came on. 

At conferences yesterda> .an elTort 
was made to settle the dispute out 
of court. The injunction proceed- 
ings in«tituted by the Shubert# ir. 
Chicago have been held over unti: 
next week, but the original date oC 
"Abie's" opening was set bac'r. 
through the reatratning action. 

Anne Nichols, author, and man- 
ager for "Abie," stands on her de- 
cision not to turn the attraction 
over to the Shuberts for booking In 
return for the Studebaker date, and 
some other basis of agreement is 


The Palais Royale will lose 
Maurice and Hughes, dancers, who 
sail for a winter engagement in 
Paris, January S, but they will re- 
turn to the cabaret In the spring. 

The team has had a good season 
here and are credited with having 
aided the maiiagtment with cutting 
a big bole in the 1922 deficit. 


"The Vegetable," produt'^d out of 
town by Sam Jl. Harris, has been 
sent to the storehouse. The piece 
was not rated having a rhanre on 
Broadway, although it may be at- 
tempted later after script change.i 
Krnest Trucx, who was featured 
Willi llie "Vegetuble, " i.s boing of- 
ferc-d fur another production 


Olpra Petrova hns rented ihr- 
Frolic atop the New Am.sterd.uii and 
will open there in "Hiirrii- ine" 
The star appeared in the play list 
season in Montreal and Chicigo 
Mme. I'elrova will uUo us" the 
I'lulic (or Sunday night (.oncerls. 



Somerset Hotel, Stm York. 

In the last four years Tve heard a lot of sweet music. Several bands 
have serenaded me, I was the recipient of a phonograph and many (Ins 
records and mjr canary bird obliges with solos at all hours. But ths 
other Bight thers «ains to ray ears a sound that vied in harmony with 
all the music that had gone before. I had called up the treasurer of a 
theatre on a matter of business and was asked to hold the wire until 
he obtained the information I wanted. And then, though he turned back 
to the window. I could hear Ills voice distinctly. It was sayiug: 

"AU sold out— nothing until Monday night — yea, I can let you have 
two In the last row or in ths balcony for tiien — very sffrry. Madam, but 
the house la alt sold out." • 

It appealed peculiarly and strongly to (tn* who had spent from It to IS 
hours a day for half ths years of her life helping to bring ail>out that pre- 
cise condition. There came a lump In my throat as I^Ustened to that 
smooth flow of refusals, and when the treasurer came once more to' the 
phone I could 'hardly talk. He asked me what the matter was. 'I face- 
tiously evaded his query. ■• •^ ^ 

All the rest of the evening I reminisced. The wallAf 'my room faded 
away and once again I was In a hoz^fflce watching the ticket sals. I was 
requesting from George Loomis or BUly ifann "two for Monday night" for 
tiouis Defoe, now gene. And tor Saturday night I was arranglns for 
seata for the late beloved Rennold Wolf. That waa his favorite night 
for theatre-going (bpt he always l>ought tt^m . on that night). I 
fancied I was saving a box for C. F. Zittel's wife. I closed ray eyes and 
saw «D' eager public sdtging up for seats which had been sold out days 
befoK. I wandered t>ack through ever so many scenes and happ^lngs of 

It was all a memory. But it was no dream alioat ths sweetness of the 
music Of "all sold out." 

I hope nolMMly called mo up Tuesday morning between 10 and 10:30-— 
because I was out. Yes, I had gone to my first party in a good qiany 
years, even though it took the combined efforts of the houseman, the 
housekeeper, the elevator man and my nurse to get me thsra. AN I 
Btarted Q.ut for was to try oiU my new — I mean trarrawsd — whesl ohair, " 
but where I ended was In Mr/and Mrs. Clarence JacolMOn's apartment on 
the 11th floor of the hotel. How flne It did seem to be the visitor once 

My hosts' suite faces the west and the windows ars high above ths 
surrounding buildings. I could see the corner of Broadway and 4ttli' 
street, and caught glimpses of taxicaba on their wild careers, the entrance 
to the Gaiety theatre and all tha people hurrying around Just as I ones 
did in the vicinity of that very corner. They havte't Isarnsd yst that 
It's all wrong to rush. ^ , < 

What's more, I saw the sign on Simpson's. I'm glad that's handy. 

We could see the rear windows of the Palace offices, and Mrs. Jacobaen 
with a audden inspiration phoned over to John Pollock and toM him to 
come to the windows. He did. Many more did, too. I wig-wagged over 
how happy I was to see them a^l and thgr semaphored back that they 
would like to match their happiness with mine. 

Then It was time to go home again. But I've decided that I Uks parties 
even more than I used to. Particularly wtisn I'm ths party that goss to 
them. ■ 

Tom Broadhurst has acquired a new dressing gown since ths flrst time 
I visited the Broadhurst family. I hope no one gets the idea from this 
ftiat Mr. Broadhurst has been calling on me in a dressing gown or e^'en 
that he h-as boa«ted of Isiving a new one. The fact of th^ matter Is that 
from my windows I can see the Broadhtirst apartment, and there the 
other evening I gazed upon Tom sitting before a flreless flreptace in all 
the glonr of a lounging robe of the very latest streamline model. That's 
all rightSrum, I won't look any more. 

Incidentally, Mr. Nott, owner of^ths hotel, has fovnd a vacancy for me 
on the seventh floor. It's high\bove all the nearby structurei and seems 
much nearer the sun. Prom its windows I'll beyabie to see the offices of 
Variety, and any one who sees a lot of arm-«|tvlng at ons of the south 
windows of the Somerset wlH know I'm radioing "Bedside Chats", over 
to Betty. 

I'm glad I'm to be on seven, too. It sounds more like a natural. 



Don't believe those stories about the box offlce men making 140,000 a 
year, because I had to divide my Thanksgiving turkey .vith one of ths 
be4t on Times square. He was so biwy all Thanksgiving afternoon say- 
ing' "Sorry, nothing left — all sold out — don't forget yopr change" — that 
he didn't get over to the hotel until all ttic turkey in the bouse bad been 
eaten but mine. - t ':'!' 

AHcc and Ada and Zae, ■ •-* ■ 

. ■ ^ Hob tlfstcrt dovn on Park Row,' '''■■'■ ■•■.'?; 

* J • Mooch <» at all Koutm, 

Itring poodici and fUnoeri 4- -; - ', 

Through tunihine, rainslormt or tnow , • ^ '-" ■ 

Miiaei Patter$on, BecWpj/ and Hohe. 
_,„i - .— The hu»(etl oirlt that I know. 

Have $tood tv »»« for yean; i| 

",' ^ Helped »tav my teari^ m 

' ' " Do Alice and Ada and Zoe. 'l 

It ia a touching tribute when men turn from a merry banquet table to J 
remember one who has been away from their midst for four long years, 3 
and an instoncs of such thougtitfulness is worth all ths medh;ine in the 1 
world. That is what occurred the other evening at ths New York Atli- 
letlc Club and the outcome of It was this cheering. Inspiring missive: 

"From Frank B Campbell and bis ansoclates at Bob Hatch's ban- 
quet. Dear Nellie. The Boys. Bob Hatch. Ray Knoeople, William C. Free- i 
man and Frank E. Campbell, are with you in spirit. Our hopes and as-* S 
piratlons are fastened on you. Nellie. "The Bunch.' " 

With such encouraging thing to btioy me up, It Is little wonder I am 
coming closer to health each day. 

This is Just a case I want to call to the attention of Bllllken, who is ths 
God of things is they should be. When I was In the hospital I u8#d to 
set the newspapers I wanted Just when I wanted them, even though they 
were supplied by a little neighborhood dealer, and his stand was several 
miles from the nearest newspaper plant. But now, though I am within 
six blocks of the "Times." "Tribune" and the "Morning Telegraph" offices 
and my newsstand man has one of the biggest trades on Times square, 
oftener than not I have to sond«ut to get my papers. I suppose Its because 
the dealer has such a great business that it takes him a long time to do 
it all. But an.vway, Mr. Bllliken. I turn the matter over to you for inves- 
tii;:)tion and action. And hereafter if I don't get my papers on time I'm 
Bolng to stop believing there's any little demigod who watches over thlnga 
to see that they. are Just as they should be. ~ ' 


Answer to Mrs. H. B. W.: 

Your wa«i t\«\>» rorreit In siyin:; that CiH«ie Lof'ti* app<»«r*.l 
with K H .Sothern in "It I Were Kin*,- Marie Loftus, her niotlier, and 
Ifany itrown. her father, were dl.'»llnKUi.'»lied fhiglish muii" halt artists, 
and ippeired In tho Initcd .Strifes a numlicr of time.s. 

CIssie. acrordir.g to R. H. liurnslde, was net a .-tipe pnidiirv. nnd did 
not sec tho inside of a the.itre until she waa 14. She \\xd spent most of 
her lime in ,t, convent in I»arl«. and when reaching 14 was allowed to 
come to London on a. v.ication. Her inother w.js playing at the Aihambra 
theatre, and an a speci.ti favor »lie brouKlit lier daughter to a matinee 
Thi.i theiitrleal innoculalioM took and Cissie ro^e rapidly In '.he profea«ion 
when mowed t'.> make her stage debut. 

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Thursday, December 6, 1923 


Figure* •itimatad and eommant point io soma attraction* being 
*uec«**ful, whil* th* sam* grot* accreditad to others might auggeet 
mediocrity or Iota. The variance ia explained in the difference In 
house capacities, with the varying overhead. Also the sixe of cast, 
with consequent difference in necessary gross for profit. Variance 
in business necessary for musical attraction as aqainst dramatic 
play is also considered. 

"Abie's Irish Rose," RopuMlc (81sl 
week). ThjiBk.-iKivinK work tig- 
ured to draw big bu.sincs.s, and 
Tirjth extra matinee on holiday 
groKses were exceptional for many 
attractions. "Abie" In nine per- 
formances beat $18,000. One ef 
. the run lea*er's best flprures. 
"Adrienne," Cohan (28th week). 
Another week to ko, Wcrba's mu- 
nlcal winner leaving for road with 
a run aimed for Boston. Abdut 
$14,000 last week. 
"Artists and Models," Shubert (16th 
week). Matinee line heavily -stag. 
Only show on Broadway with that 
peculiar draw. Business remains 
big. and last week, with extra per- 
formance, gross quoted o^-er $30,- 
"ArelTt We All," Gaiety (29th week). 
House could hardly hold more 
money than ftgiatered gross of 
$18,000 last week. Extra matinee 
Thaiiksglving: accounted for addi- 
tional money in nine perform- 
"Chains," Playhouse (12ih week). 
Nine performances also last week, 
with gross around $9,000. Some 
cut rating, but show will last to 
New Year's, if not longer. 
"Chicken Feed," Utile (11th week). 
Figured to become neat money 
maker. I.Augh getter In small 
house doing excellent business. 
Usual eight performances last 
week, with takings agalg shading 
$10,000. Almost capacity here. 
"Follies," New Amsterdam (I'tli 
week. Held to usual eight per- 
formances custom for attraction 
and house, but Wednesday mat- 
inee held Thursday. Leads list 
in money draw with better than 
$43,000 last week. 
"For All of Us," •J9th St. (8th week). 
William Ilodge looks set for com- 
fortable stay in New York. Show 
attracting attention from persons 
quite apart from amusements. 
Business increased to profitable 
figure within last month. Last 
week takings were nearly $12,000; 
nine performances. 
"Go West, Young Man," Punch and 
Judy (4th yfeek). No advertise- 
ments in .Sunday papers and out 
or dallies early this week also. 
Attraction rented house for four 
wock.i .and probably depending on 
rut rate.-) to handle most of thlF 
week's tickets. 
"Greenwich Village Follies," Winter 
<:arden (U'th week). Counted on 
10 go through fall season and will 
pccomplish that. Claimed booked 
through January; revue then go- 
ing on tour. Business profitable 
for house and show. Takings last 
week about $25,000. 
"Hamlet," Manhattan (2d week). 
Volume of box office trade In out- 
of-the-way location at minimum, 
but strong advance sale helped. 
Big Saturday matinee counted 
takings of $4,100. and gross for 
week bettered $19,000. Engage- 
ment for three weeks only. 
"In the Next Room," Vandcrbill Cd 
week). Won good notices and 
n.trted doing smart business, with 
virtual capacity by end of week. 
Opened Tuesday. First week $.1 
male, with props $10,000. Regular 
scale. $'.'.50 top. 
"Laugh, Clown, Laugh," Belasco (2d 
week). Helasoo'H latest produc- 
tion entered Wednesday, with 
Lionel Barrymore topping cast. 
Kalian adajitntion rated for run, 
"Little Jessie James," Longacrc tl7lh 
week). Beat since this 
musical opened, last week's gross 
K'ling to better than $16,000. 
Played extra matinee. Call leap- 
ing lately and .should run through 
"Little Miss Bluebeard," Lyceum 
115th week). Picked up strongly 
last week, when gvow,^ went to al- 
most $13,000 without cxtr.a per- 
formance, though with benefit of 
holl<1ay prices. Chnnee to last 
until spring. Last week best since 
e.arly weeks. 
"Lullaby,'' Kiiiikerl)oeker <12tli 
veek). Named as one of most vin- 
lent of strong language plays, but 
iiig money getter. Kcpial to hlgli- 
est gross non. musicals, if not si"- 
tually topping list. With added 

matinee last week, t akings quot ed 

nt $22,000. ' 

"Meet the Wife," Klaw (2d week). 
New Jiroduecrs have likely run 
candid. itc with this eom(dy. Mary 
Boland doing best light porlr.-iyal 
of career. Ag^'ncles getting fine 
call for show and riifc It "in." 
First week about $10,000. 
"Music Box Revue," .Music Box (Uih 
week). No extra matinee; mid- 
week afternoon switched to Thurs- 
day, and with holiday scale about 
$400 added to normal gross. Sent 
figure to $30,300. 
'Moscow Art Theatre," Jolson'g (3d 
tree''). T^-» •••■T r-:- "Tf. c-r" 

more week to go. Russians then 
going on tour. Opening shows not 
best of repertory, which may ex- 
plain why Imported attraction did 
not hit exceptional business. 
About $10,000 last week; profit 
claimed, however. 
"Mr. Battling Butler," Selwyn (10th 
week). Oot $4,800 Thanksgiving 
Day. which accounts for Choos at- 
traction holding up to previous 
week's pace. Takings for last 
week nearly $18,500. No extra 

"One Kiss," Fulton (2d week). 
Fourth Dillingham entry on list. 
Opened pt $5 top Tuesday last 
week, but played eight perform- 

- ances, and though scale is $3.50 
top, several performances were 
$4.40 because of holiday, and in 

"Pelleas and Melisande," Times 
Square (1st week). Jane Cowl en- 
that has "Cleopatra" and "Juliet," 
her big success of last season. 

"Poppy," Apollo (14th week). Good- 
man's musical hit went to great 
addition to premiere first week's 
business went over $19,000. 
tered Tuesday night; new vehicle 
accorded fine notices out of town. 
Star will remain for repertory 
figures last^ week without extra 
performance. Wednesday night, 
at $4.40 top, got $4,000, and 
Thanksgiving Day amounted to 
$6,200. On week gross almost 

"Queen Victoria," 48th Street (4th 
week). Equity Players have 
started second season to disad- 
vantage in selecting costume play. 
Last week's business better, with 
gross about $7,000; not even 
"Rain," Maxine Elliott (57th week). 
Is class of the holdovers. Smash 
business of last season continues. 
With hardly any variance in week- 
ly figures. Held to attraction's 
custom of no extra matinee, but 
got $15,900 last week. Holi'day 
scales helped. 
"Robert E. Lee," RItz. Taken off 
with announcement last Saturd.ay. 
Remained but two weeks. "In 
Love with Love" w>iB getting 
around $12,000 weekly, twice as 
i;iuch as "Lee." House dark this 
Week, but due to get new attrac- 
tion ne»t week. 
"Runnin* Wild," Colonial (6th week). 
AUhuugh the colored attraction 
dropped off in fourth week, has 
dr,awn remarkable business for 
sliow of kind. Last week, with 
nine performances, gross again 
went to around $18,000. 
"Sancho Panxa," Hudeon (2d week), 
Otis Skinner etarrcd in mixture of 
spectacle and extravaganza. Play- 
ing at $3 top, with first week's 
takings quoted at $14,000. Guar- 
anteeing $6,000 weekly, but vol- 
ume of business must permit 
house share of that size If piece 
Is to be profitable. 
"Seventh Heaven," .Booth (68th 
week). Holdover which vies with 
■•Rain' in popularity. Business 
continues excellent and last week 
with cxtr.a holiday matinee, re- 
ceipts were around $14,600. 
"Scaramouche," Morosco (7th 
wc<'k). Another week lieted for 
dramatic version of piece, also 
exhibited concurrently as picture. 
Bu.slness nowhere near profit 
mark. "The Other Hose," Belaaco 
production, will succeed, 
"Sharlee," Dal^ 63d St. (3d week). 
Musical tha* haa shown little 
signs of landing. Cut mtes given 
liberal allotments, but call there 
not strong either. 
"Spring Cleaning," Eltingc (5th 
week) Oai>.aelfy tr-ide for lower 
floor drawn by brilliant comedy 
of au'.horship, and Indi- 
eaiimis point to upper fioore 
building run. L.ast week over 
$14,000; no extra performance. 
Stepping Stones," Globe (5th 
week). Sm.a.shing success of Fred 
Stone and daughter, Dorothy, one 
of musical Bens.atlons of fall. Held 
to eight performancefl, but .again 
bettered $35,000 last week? Only 
"I'oUles" getting more. 
'Sun Up," Pr.ncess (29lh week). 
Small oast ilirama which opened 
in ({reenwieh Village moved to 
the ujiper East .Side recently, and 
now to Broadway. Parked in 
small theatre (299 seats), business 
lannot be big, but attraction can 
make money at smull gross. Firsl 
week show.i more life than 
"Sh.ame Woman" here. 
'Tarnish," Belmont lOth weekt 
I>,ibelcd lilt from start and 
ity p.acc all perform.ances. No 
extra matinee last week, but gro?is 
over $9,000; all house will hold .,t 
$3 top. 
'The Changelings," Henry Miller 
(l?th we^). Regtilar matinee 

held Thursday as at Belmont, and 
no extra performajioc given. Busi- 
nesH considerably excelled previ- 
ous week; gross around $14,700. 

"The Dancers," Ambassador (8th 
week). Engli.'^h comedy drama 
continues to pull excellent busl- 
neae, switch from Broadhurst not 
harming. week fright per- 
formances (Wednesday matinee 
moved to Thursday) takings bet- 
tered $14,500. 

"The Failures," Garrick (3d week). 
With little call registered by 
agencies, second try of Theatre 
(!ulld tills tieason apjiears mostly 
.subscription trade. Volume of 
subscribers claimed sutllcient to 
protect Guild's productions.. Re- 
ported about $6,000. Six weeks 

"The Lady," Empire (1st week). A. 
H. Woods production, in 'Chlcagb 
recently; Mary Nash in lead. T'nr- 
tln Brown, author. Show first 
called ".V Gentlen an's'-Mother," 
with other titles Ru.;gestcd prior 
to premiere. Opened Tuesday, 
succeeding "Casanova." 

"The Magic Ring," Liberty (lOlh 
week). Mitsi will take to road at 
, Christmas time. New York «n- 
'gagement prccieely as was pre- 
dicted (three months). Average 
in last month about $14,000. "Rise 
of Rosie O'Reilly" succeeds on 
Christmas Eve. 

"The Ner>>ous Wreck," Sam H. Har- 
ris (9th week). Perhaps biggeot 
money ever authored by Owen 
Davis. Attraction is topping 
Broadway's comedies. Chicago 
company will open Christmas. 
Last week, with extra matinee, 
gross, wa« $21,800, record for the 
house at icale. 

"The Shame Woman," National (8th 
week). Lulu Volmer, who wrote 
"Sun Up," now has two plays on 
Broadway. "Shame Woman " 
moved from Princess to fill gap 
caused by Injury to Walter Hamp- 
den, who will resume In "Cyrano 
de Bergerac" «fter another week. 
"Woman" cut-rated here; about 

"The Swan," Coi't (7th week). Big- 
gest call of anything on llet in 
agencies and playing to great 
business. L.ast week, wi... extra 
matinee, gross went to around 
Time," 39th St. (2d week). Among 
several entrants laft week which 
were accorded favora.ble notices. 
First week's business, however, 
disappointing at $5,000. but this 
w»-ek started oft briskly when 
otliers were dropping off. 

"Topics of 1923," Broadhuret (3d 
week). Delysia show getting good 
trade on lower-fioor, but markedly 
off in balcony. Held to eight per- 
foi'inances, Tliur.«day being regu- 
lar matinee day for house. Gross 
quoted little over $18,000. Attrac- 
tion expensive and calls for high 
figure; renorted -netting $21,000 for 
new break. 

"Vanities," Earl Carroll (23d week). 
Another three weekfl for Carroll 
revue, leaving Dec. 29 on tour. 
Business holding up excellently. 
Last week around $20,000, with 
some cut-rating. "Kid . Boots" 

"Whole Town's Talking," Bijou 
(15th week). Figured to remain 
until after holidays, but house 
may get another attraction then. 
Business fair, but reported profi- 
table right along. Cast small. 
Around $7,500 and over for last 
two weeks. 

"Wildflower,' Ca.slno (44th week). 
Great run and still has plenty of 
kick, with indie -tions of engage- 
ment lasting through winter. Ex- 
tra matinee Jumped taklnga to 
nearly $24,000 last week. 

"White Cargo," Greenwich 'Village 
(5th week). .Seme reviewers In 
doubt of this drama's chances. 
Man.agcment claims business 
building, though In small Village 
house gross last week quoted .at 
over $4,700. Looking for Broad- 
way house at Christmas. 



All Shows and Pictures Had Good 
Thanksgiving Week 

Thanksgiving and -Rain Blasted Hoped-For Big 
Week — Stock Show in Chi Helping This Week 
— Fitke Show Going Strong '• ' 

Pittsburgh, Dec. 6. 

Nixnn with Zlegfeld "Follies" did 
capacity niislnrss last week, gross- 
ing $31,000. 

The Alvln with "Sally, Irene and 
^^.■lrv■' had a good week, a little over 

"The Cat and the Canary" at the 
Pitt Jumped to $11,(100 for its second 
week. » 

The Aldlne. with Jackie Coogan's 
latest picture. "Long Live the King," 
.surprised with the business, gross- 
ing over $16,(100. The Grand, with 
the "TemiMirary Marriage" film, did 
about $9,500. 

Other pictures report business a 
little above normal on account of 

One of the biggest frcaVs of busi- 
ness la nt the New, Academy. Idle 
for nearly four years, with the ex- 
ception of an occasional attraction, 
(he Uuquesne, in the heart of down- 
town, rcn,amed the New Academy 
and running Mutual shows, is pack- 
ing them every night. I.A8t week, 
with Harvey Fields, the house did 
about $4,80(1, unusual for a Mutual 
show In Pittsburgb. 

Chicago, Dec. 5. ■ 
Rain J<ept Thanksgiving matinee 
and nignt patronage for the legit 
theatres from reaching capacity 
figures. But fot the advance sales 
there would hive been calamity 
sales chocked. Window sales were 
away off. 

.In moet instances there were in- 
creases In the gross sales of the 
week over the previous week, chiefly 
due to the difference the holiday 
prices Thursday made, coupled with 
a marked gain nearly all over town 
for the Saturday matinees over any 
previous Saturday of the season. 
"The Fool" stole In with a surprise 
matinee Friday, completely selling 
out ($1,840) at $2 top. 

The way "The Best People" Is 
prancing along threatens Injury to 
the ambitions of the other comedies 
in town. Mowing over to the Adel- 
phi Sunday from the Illinois. "The 
Best People" tabbed the liighe«t 
gross the new Woods house checked 
since its Inaugural (around $2,400). 
"Merton of the Movies" is encoun- 
tering a red-hot competitor in "The 
B*«t People." as are the other 
comedies. "In Love wltli Love" 
won't be able to withstand the gaff 
at the LaSalle. although on Sund.ay 
night (Nov. 25) the sell-out for 
Love" offered temporary encour- 
agement. "Old Soak" is wearing 
well at the Princess, showing the 
dirrercnce between Boston and Chi- 
cago tow.ards this show, although 
now "C^d Soak" is going to some- 
what feel tlic effects of the hotel 
call for "Tlie Best People." 

"A King for a Day" is giving the 
Cort management the highest hopes 
for some time. There's .a lot of 
genuine laughs in the new Cort play 
which brought Gregory Kelly's name 
into the electric sign after the pre- 
miere. In ail probability "A King 
for a Day" will fare better at the 
Cort than have shows there In many 
past weeks. 

Mrs. Fl.ske In "Mary, Mary, Quite 
Contrary" attracted the strong 
FiBke Chicago following for the 
premiere at the Powers, brilliant in 
dress and enthusiastic in the recep- 
tion for the star, highly beloved 
here. This attraction will hold an 
average gross of between $10,000 
and $11,000 on the four weeks. Judg- 
ing from present demand. They're 
already talking "Klkl" at the 
Powers, and some walloping busi- 
ness is on the horizon for fhat 
house, starting Christmas week. 
"Klkl" is going to give the Chicago 
situation relative to Just how long 
a touted hit attraction can possibly 
check sensational figures a good 

For dramatics "T^e FVjol" holds 
the record of the town this season 
on the basis of 10 weeks' reckoning. 
It is closely figured "The Fool" 
averaged $18,400 on the first 10 
weeks. "KIki" is doped to beat tiiis 
figure and capture the season's 
record for dramatics. 

Norworth at Central 
"Home Fires" Is through at the 
Central. Lester Bryant picked the 
wrong show for his premiere attrac- 
tion. Jack Norworth arrives at the 
theatre where at one time he made 
fame for himself as the partner of 
Nora Bayes, Norworth ia announced 
In "Honeymoon House," opening 
December 23. "Children of the 
Moon" signals no responsive power 
,at ■ the Playhouse, where another 
change will be made by Bryant in 
time to gr.ab holiday sales with a 
new attr.actlon. 

Of the four weeks "The Lady" 
had at the Adelphi, last week's 
gross ($9,400), was the highest 
reached during the engagement. 
How well this Woods' piece will fare 
in New York will be closely watched 
here by the wise ones, who never 
gave it a chance. It seems as if 
risque pl.ays reach an early doom 
in Chicago these days. 

The Musical Side 
Over on the musical side of the 
fence 'The I'aasing Show' (Apollo) 
Is slipping downward at an al.arm- 
ing gait. The "buys " are what have 
kept up the figures on the books. 
The "specs" arc having a hectic time 
nightly out in front of the Apollo. 
"The Music Box Revuo" Isi.'t gct- 
ing the support the attraction had 
for the first four weeks from the 

"Rosie O'Reilly" has held up re- 
markably high for the length of the 
engagement because of the way 
Harry Ridings handled tho specula- 
tors. The system Is going to make 
It ca."iy for another record advance 
sale of "Nellie Kelly," arriving Dec. 
1*. "The Gingham Girl" leaves 
town Dec. 16, flushed with many 
proud records, gained mostly at the 
height of the musical ylay competi- 
tion earlier in the season. "I'll Say 

She Is," with trunks pai kill and 
unpacked reveial times, i.s playing 
out the string nt the Studebaker. 

The stt^k .show heIi>eU sales Mon- 
day and Tuesday night of this weelc, 
but big business is now out ot the 
picture until December 25, when 
skyward will everything go, witli the 
managers very much uneasy as to 
what will be the New Year's Eve 
prices. Sad experiences of last sea- 
son Is m.aking everybody skeptical, 
yet the chances are that $5,50 will 
be the ruling price, with $7.70 in 
some Instances, and "Tho Follies" 
price yet to be heard from. • 

L.ast week's estimate^: 

"A King for a Day" (Cort, 1st 
week). Holds best chance of recent 
shows at this housf to clip off good 
gait. Little under $8 000. 

"Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" 
(Powers, 1st week). In for limited 
stay of four weeks. Will sticit 
around $10,500 average for first two 
weeks and then hold bit lower. 

"The Lady" (Adelphi, 4th and final 
week). Checked close to $9,400, 
highest of eng,igement. 

"The Best People" (Illinois, 3d 
and final week). Comedy haa 
Jumped Into big favor. Figured 
trifle better than $15,000. Trans- 
ferred ta Adelphi Sund.ay night to 
make rorm for Monday opening of 
David Warlli Id, limit I to two 

"Old Soak" « Princess. 6th week). 
Went strong tor $13,000. but now 
will slow up until holidays. Feared 
"Best People' will hurt it nome, 
noted recently nt hotels and rhibs. 

"Merton of the Movies" ( Mli-k- 
stone, 6th week). Balcony pat ons 
haven't caught spirit of thi.i show 
as yet. Good lower floor business, 
holding sales belter than $14,000. ; 

"I'll Say She Is" (Studebaker, 7th.. 
week). Little slronger than $14,000, 
but has slipped ever since "Able'8 
Irish Rose" agitation, not hurt by 
it, but considered the proper timft -. 
for the exit. 

"Music Box Revue" (Colonial, 6th 
week). Hotel "buy" cut but fought, 
hard at the box office window for 

"Passing Show" (Ai>ollo. 3d week); 
Would be much smaller than $Z5,> 
000 except for the way tho "speca" . 
are stuck on "buy.s." Campaigning . 
now to advertise cheap seats. 

"The Fool" (Selwyn, 13th week). 
Went below $1,000 for any perform- 
ance first time Monday night ($8(0),- 
but nishcd back strong, giving extra 
capacity matinee Frid.ay^ Little un- 
der $16,000. truly great. 

"Rosie O'Reilly" ('s Grand,- 
10th week). Another bang week at 
$22,000, and will easily hold above' 
$20,000 for final weeks. 

"The Gingham Girl" (Garrick, 14tbi 
week). Just missed $16,000, consid- 
ered splendid. 

"Homo Fires" (Central, Sd week)^ 
Way cut rates being Juggled 't[» 
hard to figure sales, yet $4,500 to $5,-' 
000 probable pace. Goes out la' 
three weeks. 

"Children of the Moon" (PlajT^ 
hnnsp, 2d wc"ek). Little stronger 
than $8,000. but slipping all the tim«^ 
Leaves before Christmas. 

"In Love with Love" (LaSalle, M 
week). Despite capacity house start- 
failed to better $7,500. 


"Perfect Fool" Second in Receipts-* 
Pictures Doing Fair 

San Francisco, Dec. t. 

The receipts in the legltiroat*' 
theatres here for last week were 
lopped by "Blossom Time" In Ite 
third and final week at the Curran 
with $17,000. Ed. Wynn In "The 
Perfect Fool" at the ColumWa, 
pulled $16,000, while "Scaramouche," 
tho film at the Capitol for lt« sec- 
ond week, got $9,054. 

At the Alcazar. Belle Bennett in 
"Mary and John" got $5,700, whHe 
tho Casino rem.ained dark. 

The attractions for the curren'i 
week are Kolb and Dill in "A Btg 
Reward" (Curran); Ed. Wynn, "A 
Perfect Fool" (Columbia) ; "Bcara- 
mourlie" (Capitol); Belle Bennett; 
"Mary and John" (Alcazar). Cvelno 
dark. ; 


Syracuse. Dec. 6. 

John Fltzpatrlck, former manager 
of the New York Hippodrome, who 
has been reported missing since last 
March, turned up here a few daya 
ago. He was seen by attaches ot 
the Wictlng theatre, but made no 
reference to the hunt that has been 
on for him. 

Then he vanished again. 

Thursday, December 6, 1923 






Oiti.rH'n>000 Last Week at Opera House — ^Thanks- 
giving Pleased Local Manager — White Show 
Drops — Cohan Show Grows 



'Sail/ Did $37,000: San Carlo 

$17,000; 'Red Hawk' 

Not Over $3,500 


^ Di-.iiou. Dec. 5. 

The final kick in what is consid- 
ered tlie first liali of the soaoon at 
the leRilimato houses in tliiB city 
vas rcgislorcd last week whf;n^ the 
»hott« pi -y Ins here rolled up afotal 
gropa tor the wcpV of nearly »1D0.- 
000. This buainpss could be. tra.ed 
directly to the bu.iinrss done on 
Than';MKvln;5 Day and tlio. night be- 
fore, a.s businees around the 
first two days ot the v.-cci: had 
shown tlie same inclination to slump 
off that has been noticeable now for 
many v. e.-ks past. 

ThanU.sp.ivln!; was a l)it of a sur- 
prise to local s'.iowmen. In p'.st 
seasons i; has been mor'' or \".<\ of 
a lemon for big plcklnRS and him 
flivvered on them many timc-=. This 
year, however, the reversf^ was the 
case. Saturday night prices pre- 
vailed for the holiday shows at the 
Shuhert houses, with White's '■Scin- 
dals," playine the Colonial, tlie only 
one of tlie attractions p!a: ing the 
syndicate string to Jump prices 


As gdaled show could do $30,- 

Is fleured now that UTiitea shows 
booatcd the prices Just a liit too 
much and there wasn't the response 
noted as at the other theatres either 
afternoon or evening. 

The month at hand looks lein. 
There is nothing in the w.y ot a 
hoUdav to give business an added 
■•acking up. and the football crowds 
have gone. With the dallie.5 tilled 
With ads for the Ghristrttaa seaFon 
and the trend of thought helm; that 
way the theatres are liable to feel 
the effect. Nothing startling In the 
way of business except in some 
Isolated instances Is looked for until 
New Year's. 

One of the sensations just mw is 
"So This Is I.K)ndon," at the Hollis. 
This show came In here with 
Coh.T '1 nam*, but little else In the 
wav or a rep. In the Ilrst week 
With eight performances and scaled 
at a t2.50 lop for ail performances 
It did J17.0C0. .Last week, the sec- 
ond. It did $21,000 with nine per- 
formances (extra show on Thanks- 
giving), but with the house still 
•caled the same. 

This business la almost record 
breaking for the Hollis. Seid6ra has 
It been equaled in the past, and 
Cohan's comedy looka good, unless 
his personal appearance here In 
"The Song and Dane* Man," which 
opened at the Selwyn Monday, cuts 
Into it. 

Another feature of the town s 
business was the flop registered at 
the Boston opera house by Sir John 
Martin-Harvey. The gross for his 
first week here was In the neighbor- 
hood of Jll.OOO. and so poor he Is 
leaving after ■this week and going 
direct to Canada. For a reason for 
this poor showing It ie said he hit 
Into one ot the worst weeks ot the 
year. On account of Thanksgiving 
mo»t of the schools and colleges 
around Boston were closed, and 
from them he expected to get his 
draw for the upper parts of the 
house. The floor was strong during 
the week, but the balconies way off. 
"Mary Jane" at the Shubert has 
developed remarkable strength. 
With nine performances last week. 
It drew close to $24,000, better by 
|4,000 than that of the week before. 
Aa a result the show will stay on 
for two weeks more. 

Cohan, opening In his "Song and 
Dance Man," Is relied upon to save 
the day for the Selwyn. This house, 
one of the bjest in town, has not had 
the best of breaks so far this sea- 
son. "Ilunnin' Wild," supposed to 
be a second "Shuffle Along." petered 
out after a few weeks, and then 
"The Old Soak." also recorded as a 
hit, did a nop at the house. "Two 
Fellows and a Girl," the Coh.nn show 
which finished there, followed 
the lead of its prcilecesaor. and after 
the first week had dlfflculty in mak- 
ing a gross of $8,000. It is now In 
the storehouse. AVith the personal 
appearance ot Cohan in his show the 
nece.s.«ary ^tinch seems to be at 
hand to give the house a good bre:;U. 
which it deserves. 

"Nellie Kelly" at the Tromont (re- 
peat) has held un excepl ioiially well. 
It was belter by $l,ono last weel; 
than the week befiue. playing tti 
$22,000. This is capacity for tlif 
^tionsr at the smle and \* ii« )'<""! "t^ 
the busiiu'XB the fallow did v.l.i-ii it 
first opened. It has a big adv.ure 
sale registered for this week and 
is sure to i)l.iv to laiiacil.*. the ."il- 
vance .sale taking care of the .'.•141- 
plng tciidi'ncy that will piobalily af- 
fect many of the other iiUractioii.s. 
Last Week's Estimates 
"Scandals," Culniiial (4lli week). 
Rven with Thanksgiving f.iiled to 
play up to bin business. Did J^O.Ono 
last week; oft $4,000 from week be- 

Song and Danes Man," Selwyn 
(1st week). Bis business expected 
with Cohan appearing personally. 
His late show, "Two Fellows and a 
Girl," touched $8,000 with difnculty 
final week. 

"Ths Lady in Ermine," Wilbur 
(iRt week). Comes Into house that 
iia.s been making real money for 
money with "Sally, Irene and 
Mary." In final week that show did 
$15,500 tor eight performances, up 
$500 from week before. 

"80 This Is London," Hollls (Sid 
week). Flaying nine shows last 
v.'eek at J2.50 top did $21,000. Show 
buHds on all the time. 

^'Noliii Kelly," Trsmont (4th 
week). Did $22,000 last week, ca- 
pacity. Better by Jl.OOO than week 
before. Looks good to touch same 
figure this week, last one here. 

"Mary Jane," Shutert (5th week.. 
With nine performances last week, 
this show, one of the strongest mu- 
.■iioala that have pla.i'ed the Shui;crt 
string here this season, did $24,000 
last weclv. Here for two weeks more. 

"The Love Phild," Plymouth (3rd 
week). Did $1^^000 last week with 
eight shows, ^hout same figure run- 
ning to righr along. On last two 

Sir John fvlartin- Harvey, Boston 
Orern House C^iid week). Gros cl 
but $11,000. first week getting poo. 
break. La^t weel; at house. 

Wushlnglon, Dec. 6. 

"Sally" was a getter of business 
at the National last week. There 
".as np let up. and although but six 
days were allotted the show the 
Thanksgiving business counteracted 
any loss from the Sunday night be- 
ing out. 

The San Carlo Opera Company, 
presenting a different opera at each 
performance, found the Italians 
loyal, but with the more exj)enstve 
.seats on the lower floor not hnvlnj; 
much demand. Some of the per- 
formance were criticized by the lo- 
cal musical writers, but In the main 
all were liked. The business done 
cannot be complained of. 

"The Red Hawk." under the di- 
rection and authorship of George 
Hroadhurst. worked through a week 
ot trying out at the Cnrrick, with 
possibly enough cash„ realised to 
I'over expenses. 

Kstimates for last week: 

National— "Sally," good $37,000, 
possible because of holiday prices 
Thursday and boost ot scale Satins' 
day night. 

Formerly In making these esti- 
mates It was a case of having the 
gross quoted at least ten grand 
above, now sober countenance Clar-'' 
ence Wiiletts, manager for Zlegfeld. 
renortcd the gross at $1?.000. 

Poll's — "The San Carlo Opera 
Company. I4ght attendance down- 
stairs, but with scale able to get 
about $17J)00. 

Garrick— "The Red Hawk." Lib- 
eral estimate, $3,600. 

On for One Week at PhiUy— "Kiki" Does Smashing 
Final Period— "The Fool" Set Through Holidays 
and "Clinging Vine" GeU Third Week 

PADER£WSKI, $12,000; 

Pianist Far Outdraws Singer 

in Same Place — Farrar Got 

Auditorium Last Minute 


John A. .Mahone.v, Robert M. 
Burke and Phillip A. Weiss may 
continue operating the Premier 
Theatre Ticket Co., Inc. on the 
Hotel Broadv.ay-CIarldge premises. 
New York, according to a court de- 
cision in their favor. 

Walter Stewart and Gus Rosen- 
blltt petltlonod the New York Su- 
preme Court for a restraining or- 
der on the ground they held a' lease 
giving them exclusive permission to 
conduct a ticket office In the hotel 
for which they ar« paying $10,200 
annual rental for a small store with 
a six-foot Broadway frontage. 

Justice Daniel F. Cohalan refused 
to issue an Injunction sustaining the 
defendants' contention the lease 
made no specific mention of any ex- 
clusive franchise to the plaintiffs 
for the sale ot theatre tickets. 

Morris M. Glaser, president of the 
160 West 44th Street Realty Com- 
pany, Inc., another co-defendant, to- 
gether with the 150 West 44th Street 
Realty Company, Inc., In an affi- 
davit set forth he had advised Stew- 
art and Rosenblitt that Joe Leblang 
and the Waters Sisters were among 
others negotiating for theatre ticket 
locations 'on the Claridge premises, 
to which no objection was mriJe. 


wilt Receive Bulk of Al'jcrt Folk's 
$150,000 Estata 


The net estate of Frank F. Mac- 
kay, who died at Coytesvllle. N. J., 
last May, has been appraised at 
$3,708. It Is divided between his 
three sons, Clarence D.. W- A. and 
Eldward J. Mackay. The elder Mac- 
kay was 91 years old when he died. 
He went on the stage In the late 
60's. He was one of the directors 
of the Actor's Fund, organired the 
Actors' Church Alliance and various 
other theatrical orders. 


"Lollypop," the revised edition ot 
"The Left-Over," a musical by 
Zelda Sears and Vincent Youmans, 
will get under way at Poll's. Water- 
bury, Conn., tomorrow (I'Yiday) 
night, and follow into the Tremont. 
Boston. Mnulay for a nm. 

Ada Mae Wieks will again 
the cast, which includes Zelda 
.Sears, Ktorencc Webber, Rosamond 
Whiteside, Virginia Smilh, Adore 
Aiiiliews, Aline .Mitilll. Il.irry I'u<k. 
(ills Shy, Nick Long. .Ir . and others. 


I'.DSiiiii, i)fc. r>. 

Katlierlne I.yniis. dramatic editor 
and critic of the "liostoii Tr.ivcler." 
surprised her. a.ssociates by an- 
nouncing her eii,;.igemint to Her- 
man liletzer of Boston. .St.ige 
celebrities including Kddle liuwling 
Hal Skelley and Klizabclli Mines 
Joined her assoriates (»m the 
"Traveler" and "IliraUi" in giving 
her a »iirpii.-e Uinnur. 

With the withdrawing of all ob- 
.Icctlons to the will of the late Al- 
bert Falk. wealthy tobacco man. 
by his brother, Arthur. Maude Han- 
lon, actrees. of 241 West 97th street. 
Mew York. Is frei to Inherit the bulk 
of an estate estimated In value at 
around $150,000. No account In . of 
It has been taken. Falk. who died 
Jan. 25 last, under a will dated Nov. 
3, 1922, bequeathed the residuary of 
his estate to "my fiancee, Maude 

Arthur Falk, the brother, con- 
tested the will's validity on the al- 
legation it was executed under 
"duress and the undue influence ot 
Maude Hanlon or someone who 
acted for her." The decedent set 
forth that no provision Is made for 
Arthur, his brother, because "his 
financial condition needs no bequest 
from me." Other bequests were to 
friends, relatives, the United He- 
brew Charities, et al. 

BSppsteln A Azman represented 
Miss Hanlon and Dlttenhoefer Sc 
Flshel the estate. 


Francis C. Copplcus. who has fig- 
ured In legit managerial circles as 
a producer, is primarily a concert 
manager. His relations with the 
late Bnrlco Caruso figured In the 
trial of an accounting suit this 
week in ths New York Supreme 
Court by Mrs. Rosa B. Scognamlllo, 
executrix of tier late husband's 

Copplcus is being sued for a 
nhare of tli« profits derived from 
the Caruso concerts. Mrs. Scogna- 
mlllo alleges her hunband was re- 
sponaible for bringing Copplcus 
and Caruflo together. 

Bruno ZIrato, former secretary to 
Caruso, testlfled In Copplcus' behalf 
that the gifted tenor was exceed- 
ingly ■vexed when he learned that 
Scognamlllo had thus commercial- 
ized their friendship. 

Justice Davis reserved decision. 

Atlanta, Dec. 5. 
Ignace Paderewskl outgro^sed Gcr- 
aldiiio I'"avia!- practically tour to one 
last w<«k despite the extra pub- 
licity given the singer when barred 
from two churches because of her 
sensational interpretation ot a 
"Znsa" role three years ago when 
appearing here with Metropolitan 
^rand opera. 

Paderewskl took $9,000 away from 
Atlant;!. p'ay'nj? 75 per cent net of 
all gate. In addition his manager 
would allow only 20 passes. Includ- 
ing the grilles. The houae was es- 
timated at $12,000, the biggest in 
years at the City Auditorium, with 
a $4.40 top and $1.50 in the roof. 
This was Wednesday night, with 
the onrush ot Thanksgiving day 
visitors already here la> full force. 
The attendance was around ,'>,000, 

Two nights later In the same au- 
ditorium Farrar sang before 2,600 
people, but ot that she doubled the 
crowd that would have htard her 
at the Wesley Memorial church, 
where the concert had first been 
planned. The gate approximated 
$3,000 and Glorious Gerry took away 
$2,300, It was announced. Her top 
wua $2.75, and the arena was filled. 
In addition to being barred from 
Wesley Memorial, one ot the leading 
Methodist churches In the city, Far- 
rar also was barred from the Bap- 
tist Tabernacle — and all ' ecnuse of 
the afore-mentioned dressing room 
scene in "Zaxa.' The auditorium 
was obtained aftec-A burst of fever- 
ish activity by promoters, who per- 
suaded a high school to postpone a 
minstrel production booked for the 
big house. 

The I'aderewskl concert waa 
sponsored by the Atlanta Music 
club, which lost money on a Farrar 
concert three or four years ago. 

For the Paderewskl concert the 
promoters had no dlfflculty In filling 
the house., 

Hundredis of Atlantans went to 
the auditorium Friday night to hear 
Farrar because ot the front page 
stories that heralded the fact ot her 
being barred from the church after 
a contract for the concert had be^n 
signed by the Church Activities As- 

The pastor of Wesley Memorial 
church was transferred two weeks 
ago at the annual conference. One 
reason for his removal after five 
years' service, according to reports 
In conference circleit, was that Far- 
rar had been booked at the church. 
Ministers took an adverse view ot 
this action and the plans for the 
concert were abruptly halted Wed- 
nesday when Dr. W. H. I^Prade, 
Jr.. presiding elder for the North 
Atlanta district, announced the con- 
cert could not be held at the church. 


Omaha. Dec. 6. 
The Palm, musical stock and 
movies. Is closed as the result of an 
early morning fire which badly dam- 
aged the Interior of the house and 
destroyed the wardrobe and stage 
settings of the company. 

"Highwayman" at Playhousa Xmai 
Chicago. Dec. 5. 

Joseph Schlldkniut. K' ile Rirl- 
Jott and (Jrant Stewart will be In 
"The Highwayman," which Lester 
riryant will open at the I'layhouse 

"Children of the Moon" has been 
• xteniled to Dec. 22 in the same 

Dayton. O., Dec. 6. 

Mary Garden appeared here 
.Saturday under the auspices of the 
Junior League, playing to a gross 
of $7,S00. Ot this amount $.1,.'',00 was 
turned over for charities. 

The flardcn concert became'* so- 
cial affair, drawing 5.000 people to 
Memorial ball. Some umiuestlon- 
ably wanted to see and hear Mary, 
but most of the mob wanted to look 
at the local celeh.s. all dressed up. 

Philadelphia, Dec. 5. 
Only two of the eight legttlmat-> 
theatres had extra matinees las 
vz-eek, but even without the aid of 
this added performance grosse.i 
jumped for every show in town. It 
was undoubtedly thb biggest all- 
around week of the season, though 
lacking In some of the towering 
grosses that were reported earlier 
In the fall at certain houses. 

The big noise was "Xlki." With- 
out an extra performance it beat it< 
two previous weeks by a substantial 
figure. The three weeks' engage- 
ment of the Belasco success was un- 
doubtedly one ot the biggest money- 
makers Philly has had in years, and 
could play a return booking without 
any trouble. The gross tor the 
three weeks totaled $73,736. tV.c 
final week's takings having been 

So encouraging was the business 
that it has been decided to hold ovei- 
"The Clinging 'Vina" for a third 
week. Previously it was planned to 
leave the house dark the two weeks 
before Christmas because ilo Spok- 
Ings could be secured. Accordingly 
"Scandals" Is coming in Chrlstmaj 
week tor a fortnight, with "Vani- 
tles" tu follow, also for two weeks. 
After that it la underatood that the 
house will get "The Covered Wagon" 

This week saw two openings— th5 
Swedish Ballet and "The First Year." 
The former, at the Shubert. had con- 
siderable papering and ahows little 
sale (It is In for only a single week), 
but some excellent noticss may halp 
It at least break evsn. 

"The First Year," at the aarrtck. 
was the occasion of a baneflt for the 
Olrl Scouts, and eomplcta capacity 
was expectad but did not material- 
ize. There was a fin* houaa at the 
opening, but two or three rowa were 
completely out. Tha notlcea were as 
lauditory aa expected, and the 
fjolden comedy ought to clean ap 
big i|(>oney In Ita short stay (Ave 
weeksN^nly). It Is the fifth big suc- 
cess the Oarrick ha« had this year. 
Next Monday will also sa« two 
openings — Sothern and Marlowe's 
Shakespearean repartoira angage- 
ment of two weeks, starting at the 
Shubert. and "Polly Preferred." 
opening for four weeks at tha Wal- 

Dec. 17 the Broad, following the 
long tenure of "Lightnin'." will again 
break Into the "flrst-nlght" class 
with Alice ' Brady's "Zander the 
Great," which Is In for three weeks. 
Estimates for last wMk: 
"Liohtnin"* (Broad, 12th week). 
Up again last week, with extra mat- 
inee and holiday Influx, grossing 
nearly $14,000. Goes out on 16th. 

Swedish Ballet (Shubert, one week 
only). Opened to unexpectedly good, 
notices but not much business. 
"Lady In Krmine" $16,000 In final " 

"Tha FIrrt Year" (Oarrick, 1st 
week). Not capacity opening, but 
much onthusl.-ism and fine notices. 
In for five weeks only. "KIkl," $26,- 
000 final week. 

"Tha Clinging Vina" (Forrest. 2d 
week). Not type that would usually 
fill Shubert, but won fine notices 
and was one of two houses to give 
extra matinee. Gross reported at 
around $22,000, probably trifle high 
Stays an extra week, house then be- 
ing dark until Christmas. 

"Red Light Annie" (Walnut. 2d 
week). Final week, which didn't 
benefit by publicity given to en- 
forced cuts. No extra matinee, but 
capacity Thursday night, and ^ross 
nearly $10,000. 

"Tha White Sister" (Chestnut, 4th 
week). Far better than expected. 
Likely to complete nice run now. No 

"Pvtnars Again" (Lyric, 2d week). 
Off bX opening of week, but came 
back strong holiday performances. 
About $11,000. 

"Tha Fool" (AdelphI, 4th week). 
In stride now and went to about 
$14,500 last week. Ought to ride 
easily tiirough holidays. 


A .30-clay trine iK'en (ierlarod 
belwiiun the Iheatrlcal transfer men 
and tlii-lr emiilnyes, who move shows 
ill and out of .\ew York. A time 
limit for nmctlng demands of the 
employes fnr ,i wage increase ex- 
pire,! last K.itunlay, but was ex- 
lendiHl until Dec. 30. 

It is said the men. who wi le re- 
liorted lo have asked one-third In- 
crease over the present wane sc.ile 
have modified their rcqiiist In the 
Interest of pcuco. 


Lillian B. Kolker was awarded a 
separation decree from J. Henry 
Kolker, film director and actor. In 
the New York Supreme Court 

Justice I'roskauer ruled In the 
plaintiff's favor off the bench since 
Kolker did not defend the action, 
although appearing through counsel. 

BATES ESTATE f 716,000 

Oswego, N. Y., Dec. 5. 
A state appraisal of the property 
left by the late Norman L Uutes, 
owner of the Richards theatre here, 
fixes the value at $716,612. Ot this 
the widow gets $427,000. and the re- 
mainder Is divided equally amony 
four children. Bates died lost May. 




. Thursday, December 6, 1923 



I'aris, Nov. 3(. 

Jacques Hebertot In opening; his 
new playhouse, situated over the 
Comedie des Champs Klysees, which 
ts on the fourth story of the The- 
atre des Champs Elysees (reached 
by an alevator), has baptUed It the 
"Studio," making use of the Eng- 
lish word now In fashion In France 
■when slpnlfylng a picture factory. 

The Studio des Champs Elysee.s 
is a lonir, n.irrow hall. sp.irlnRly but 
tastefully decorated with gold lines 
and havInK a capacity of 600. The 
curtain Is hung on two rods placed 
a little more than half way up the 
proscenium, so that a view of the 
flies Is always visible. A couple of 
valets attired as Chinamen for this 
occasion open the curtains by pull- 
ing up the rods like a swing gate 
at a level crossing and remain at the 
Bide of the stage during the per- 
formance, ready to close them at 
the end of each act. As a matter of 
fact there Is Uttle change of scen- 

The Initial program of the Studio 
des Champs Glysees is a three-act 
comedy by Pascal Forthuny and 
Henri Duvernols, "Le Club des Ca- 
nards Mandarins," adapted from an 
ancient Chlneoe legend, according to 
aome local critics, notwithstanding 
■we have no confession from the au- 
thors to this effect. 

Croie has organized the Club du 
Canard aux Navets, but this has 
nothing to do with Hebertot's show 
and Is another story. 

There Is Incidental music by Vol- 
demar Bernard!. The plot Is a mere 
trifle. A delicious damsel named 
Reine Is an unwilling pensionnalre 
of Mme. Source's tea house, known 
as the Mandarin's Club. She Is of 
noble birth, but remained pure de- 
spite a multitude of tomptatlons 
amidst a society of wealthy clients 
visiting the resort. 

She had been kidnapped when, 
young and sold by Tartars to the 
owner of the tea house. Severe, a 
timid, impecunious young oil mer- 
rhunt. Is Infatuated and has also 
tried Ills luck with the pure girl 
(ble.<is her Uttle heart), but been 
given the cold shoulder. Wou-Pa, 
a distinguished visitor, has been 
scorned in a similar way. Both are 
disappointed; the youth Is pained 
and the elder man Is furious. f*rhey 
decide to return to the charge at the 
first opportunity. 

Severe slaves six months to save 
the bars of silver demanded by Mme. 
Source for the privilege of passing 
the night In Reine's room, no par- 
ticular favor being guaranteed, and 
spends his time tenderly nursing the 
sleeping girl. She, being the poetess 
of tho institution, has been sent to 
a m.ind.Trin's home to recite verse 
during a festival, and having de- 
clined the host's advances, the man- 
darin had spitefully caused her to 
be drugged before being sent back 
to the club. 

That happened the very evening 
the humble Severe paid his bars of 
silver, and fhen, next morning, on 
n waking from her stupor, the chaste 
Keine discovers the faithful suitor 
In her room, she promptly orders 
him out as she Is wont to do with 
the richest client of the house. 

Kventually learning of his devo- 
tion, she promises her hand to the 
young oil merchant, agreeing to ac- 
romp.Tny him as his spouse even 
Into poverty, which is a more hon- 
orable position and explained as a 
hiippier existence than the Inmate 
cf the mandarin's club. 

A charming trifle, but not suffi- 
cient for the Inauguration of a new 
playhouse, even with An written 
with a capital, and particularly a 

Theodore Komls.arjevskl. a Rus- 
sliin producer, has mounted this 
slender comedy of Chinese love as 
nrtlHtlcally as possible, in the up- 
to-date setting of back curtains and 
few nrressoric.''. Kindrew. 

as Its Initial production every year 
one of the clasalca, this time "Meas- 
ure for Measure." The society, in 
attempting this play, did Itself 
exceptional credit. lien Brown was 
In charge, assisted by Professors 
Crosby, Mason and Wood of the 
English department. A cast of 16 
undergraduates took all of the roles. 
The actors were: Arthur Packard, 
Thomas Johnson, Everett Wllklns, 
Stanley PlUabury, Frank C, Fowler, 
John Langdon, H. A. Zantow, Paul 
Spencer, Robert Stackhouse, Mau- 
rice Hilton, Benjamin Baker, Jo- 
seph Glass, A. Cohen, Frank Russo, 
William Cody and Jeremy Bagster- 
Collins. Edward Coop was stage 
and business manager. The produc- 
tion was repeated Wednesday aft- 
ernoon and evening. 

Tonight (Thursday) the Institute 
Players will present "The Dover 
Road" at the Academy of Music, 
with a cast which includes several 
professionals, Bennett Kilpack, di- 
rector; Kenneth Divan, Betty Bel- 
lairs, Margaret Arnold, R. W. Har- 
per, dramatic editor of the "Citi- 
zen;" Roger Kahn, Helen' McAuley, 
Betty Rosoff, James McCutcheon 
and William Qleeson. This organi- 
zation Is connected with the Brook- 
lyn Institue of Arts and Sciences, 
although they frequently engage 
professional actors. Harper has 
been associated with the Players for 
several years. And he's a pretty 
good actor, too. 

"The Romantic Age" will l>e the 
Kansas City Theatre's third offer- 
ing of the season Dec. 5-7, with 
several former profee.alonals and a 
number of prominent amateurs In 
the cast. J. B. Robertson, who 
preaches ^t Longview Farm Chapel, 
will play Mr. Knowle. He la a 
Transylvania College alumnus, and 
was formerly a partner of Frank 
Bacon, of "Llgbtln' " fame, before 
taking up the mintetry. Florence 
Baker, who will have the opposite 
role of "Mr. Knowle," was with 
Const.ance Crawley in repertoire for 
a number of years. 

The Clark Street Players, Brook- 
lyn, N. Y., presented their first bill 
of the season at the Hotel Bossert 
last night (Wednesday). The plays 
were "A Matter of Husbands," by 
Molnar; "The Giant's Stair," by Wil- 
bur Daniel Steel; "Death Says It 
Isn't So," by Heywood Broun. This 
Is one of the most progressive and 
prfffnising little theatres in Brook- 

The Schenectady (.V. Y.) Dramatic 
Club, giving "The Wat ten u Picture" 
on a temporary stage in the Uni- 
tarian Church of that city recently, 
sprung a surprise when it recruited 
Notro Adnof, of the Negro Players, 
now at the Atlantis thcatie. New 
York, for the role of a grave digger. 
The incidental music w.xs arranged 
by a member of the club, and an- 
other member painted the scenery. 
The show drew well. 

Tlip Ghost Club of Watcrvllet. 
N. Y., is the latest iim.ilour the- 
etrlcai orgnnizatlon up-stato to take 
to thp road. They will present "The 
B;id Man," a play wliicli they have 
twice sive in Watervliet. in Coliie- 
skill, N. Y., tiimorrow ni^'ht (Fri- 

The ."^tar. Pawluikcl, R. I., was 
erowiiwl when Hip Comnimiity 
I'lnycis presented ' Walje Ip. Jona- 
than," in their initial i)lay of the 
third season Inst week. The per- 
fiirmanco was excellent, the work 
of the juveniles, Kannie Sturtevant. 
Arthur IVilerln, Willard (Treene and 
Moniford Howard, all children, 
•■howiiig PXceediiiBlv well. Miss 

MHh»l Wonltsoy ttcsa;i-e<l the star 

part, while J. Vincent Shore wan 
• n admirable Joiiatlinii. Other play- 
ers were Myron b. Ciiiti.i, Mi>s 
Anna Butler, RHymond Adam". An- 
thony Rzpelia ni'.d Wilfieil ISrady. 
The director was .Miss ilabel 

The Crown l"niversi(y Dramatic 
Soelely opened its 2ird season 
Tuesdity. night with its first pro- 
duction of ft ShalfPspere.Tn play. II 
has been t*ie policy of Hie society 
- 4uring the pa.«t few years to give 

John Ix>ftus of the Harlequlnad- 
crs of Schenectady, N. Y., is the 
author of "Miss Devereux Decides," 
a one-act melodrama now being 
played at the Triangle theatre In 
Greenwich Village, 

The Town Players of Pittsfield, 
Mass., recently gave two perform- 
ances of Eugene O'N'eiia "lie' at 
the Boys' Club in Pittsfleld. 

I./exlngton's (Ky ) new little thea- 
tre, tlie Riimany, will have its pre- 
miere Dec. 10, with "Liliom." 

The music department of the Uni- 
versity of Kentucky will present FIO' 
tow's opi'ra, ".Martha," at the Lex- 
ington opera house shot tly. 

the elty, opened Its season last 
Friday night with "Thirty Days." 
Thomas P. Qulnlao, leading man, Is 
the leading amateur actor of the 

The senior class of the Sehenec- 
t.ady, .\. Y,. high school will clear 
alxiiit tllTiO on the concert given 
under their direetiun iiy .Maliel Gar- 
rison and Albert SfiaUling in the 
State theatre. 

"The Witching Hour," by Augusta 
Thomas, Is the play to be presented 
by the Belolt (Wis.) College Players 
Dec. 7. Clyde Schryvejs Chicago 
junior, has the lead. 

The Inter Theatre Arts will pre- 
sent an old English Pantomime and 
Harlequinade for a series of mati- 
nees, beginning December 26, at the 
Greenwich Village theatre.' 

The new home of the Little The- 
atre at Dallas, Tex. recently opened. 
Is making a bit. Oliver HInsdell, the 
new director, was honored with a 
reception on the opening night. 

The Players, a new amateur or- 
ganisation, •will give their openii.g 
performance Nov. 23 at the Indiana 
College of Music and Pine Arts. 


The Harder-Hafl stock at the 
Hudson, Union Hill, N. J., will close 
this week. The company had been 
In for three weeks. 

Rlsle Bohan has joined the Heth- 
erington Players at Dallas. 

John Warner, playing leads with 
the Alhambra Players, Brooklyn, 
will make his vaudeville debut on 
the concert bill at the Alhambra 
next Sunday. He vHl offer a song 
and dance specialty. 

Hazel Shannon and Charles Bro- 
kaw are the new leads of the Ren- 
ton stock, Toledo. Byron Haw- 
kins also Joined the company 'last 

Stock casting offices complain that 
men and women leads are making 
demands In the way of salary and 
percentage that make it difficult to 
make up casts. Most of the princi- 
pal stock leads are already placed, 
but there are places for others who 
vrefer Idleness to eacriflcing what 
they consider adequate compensa- 

Winifred Anglin opened as lead- 
ing woman with the State Players 
in Springfield, Mass., this week. She 
succeeds I.,ols Bolton. 

Minneapolis has grown into a 
two-week stand for stock produc- 
tions. For the third time this sea- 
son, A. G. Balnbrldge, of the Shu- 
bert stock, is holding over a pro- 
duction for the second week, "The 

The Victoria, Newark, N. J., will 
play stocks for the first time when 
the Barbara Winchester stock com- 
pany opens there about Dec. 17. 
The house, which most recently 
played vaudeville and pictures, is 
being entirely renovated and redec- 

George Damroth Is the comprfny 
manager. Tho first attraction will 
be Tolstoy's "Resurrection," to he 
followed by other plays in line with 
the management's policy of pl.iying 
straight dramatic pieces. Besides 
Miss Winchester the company in- 
cludes George McDonald, Nan Cor- 
rtngham, John Bowie, Joseph Clan- 
cy. Arthur Damrauer will be scenic 
artist and Louts Colton house man- 

Boyc e and Bower, man • nd wom- 
an, comedy acrobats. 

"The Masque of Troy" has dates 
f(ir "I'omander Walk" booked into 
March. The .Masque made Its 
third appcir.niie of the season In 
Trov wecK, f;i\liis ' I'oinander 

"The Arrival of Kilty" was pre- 
seiite<l by members of tlie Christian 
FZndeavor .'Society of Hudson Kalis, 
N. Y. Fiiday ni^lit of last week. 
Heatrice rsimer Haniion is direct- 
ing the performance. 

St. Monica's Draniatir Club of 
I.awienrp, Ma;***,, one t>f the most 
suc>.'cssrui amaleui organizations in 

Dorothy Holmes is the new lead- 
ing lady of the Burns-Kaspar 
Players at the Garrick, Wilmington, 

Ann Brounough, who followed 
Vivian Toliin in the lead of ""Little 
Old New York,'" has been especially 
enpraped for the stock presentation 
of the piece by the Alhambra Play- 
ers, Brooklyn, N. Y„ next week. 

Stanley James Is organizing a 
stock for Holyoke, Mass, It will 
open on Christmas Day. 

Nash Weil of Dallas Is coming to 
.New York to organize a stock for 
his Empres* down there. 


Chicago, Dec. 5. 

Bertee Beaiimonte, appearing In 
"Tlie Gingham Girl." has hrnught 
suit for divorce against Jack Arn- 
old, musical comedy librettist, on 
grounds of desertion. 

Arnold was served In New York 
last week and announced he will 
not contrst the suit. 

The couple were married In 1915, 
loit have been living .ipart the last 
three years. 


Tried With Stock— J. Richard 

Ryan's Year's 


Oakland, C»l,, Dec. 6. 

Following experiments lasting 
more than a year, J. Richard Ryan, 
business manager of the Fulton 
Stock Company, and an ^pert on 
stage lighting, has arrived at a new 
system unique in effect and eco- 
nomical, which was tried out with 
surprising results In the production 
of "A Mad Honeymoon," the ctir- 
rent attractlop in which Edward 
Everett Horton Is playing the sec- 
ond week of his special starring 

Under the new arrangement the 
Fulton, which has a revolving stage, 
with revolving flying pieces. Is able 
to make one set o( border lights 
function for all se,t8, and at the 
same time cut down the wattage 
while increasing the stage light- 

Ryan had constructed a station- 
ary border which flied from swing- 
ing arms on the Inside of the pro- 
scenium arch, and is masked by a 
grand drape which can be raised so 
that the last row in the balcony 
has as much view of the stage as 
the first orchestra row. 

On the border are four circuits, 
seven lamps to the c4rcult, and 
w^ired so that they can be operated 
Independently. The lamps are 250 
watt, with 75-watt reflectors, and 
the whole affair can be controlled 
on dimmers. Intefspersed among 
the lamps are 10 baby spots, con- 
trolled on Individual dimmers. 

The lamps have four tones, so 
that Ryan is able to get a soft tone 
or a strong one, as needed, and 
each stage setting may get its 
proper light value. Two banks of 
flrst-cl.xss dimmers, 10 to the bank, 
are used. In this way two units 
are used, so that the actor gets 
his real lighting value, the dialogue 
proper value, and the setting its 
required value. 

The new sjstem eliminates the 
use of frames of 6000-watt pans for 
every set and the hundred and one 
ImRToper shadows that a set gets 
by inability to control the lighting. 
Improper Jone Is also eliminated be- 
cau5e the cramped space does not 
enter Into the argument. In addi- 
tion to the border and spots, Rynn 
uses two 1,000-watt spots a side to 
assist in the blend. 

The total circuit In wattage un- 
der the present scheme Is 1,750 a 
circuit, with 7,000 watts for the en- 
tire border it used. Formerly one 
circuit carried 6,000 watts in one 
color, and now with four distinct 
colors each circuit has greater light 
value. Out of his 1,750 he gets bet- 
ter value than from the old 6,000 
system, and each situation Is prop- 
erly lighted without detracting from 
the whole. 


iContinued from pa,n:e 11) 
way show was being given special 
and intensive attention by the Grand 
Jury, but that It had recently elimi- 
nated the most objectionable scenes. 
The "scenes" may be the (Ip-oft on 
the "Artists and Models" deduction, 
although the lay court attaches 
would probably use that work as 
applicable to any attraction. 

It was also reported that District 
Attorney Jo.ab H. Banton's office 
was officially Inspecting the meet 
notorious. shows v Ithln New York 
as a departmental matter to supple- 
ment the citizens' complaints as 
they come In. Up to Tuesday none 
was received, although it was ex- 
pected several would be forthcom- 
ing before the week was out. 

The Grand Jury was instructed 
Mond.iy to investigate all alleged In- 
decent and s.ilaelouH shows in the 
metropolis; also to return Indict- 
ments where the evidence war- 
ranted such action. Judge Collins 
announced that the district attor- 
ney had assured him of his readi- 
ness to cooperate and prosecute any 
producing managers found guilty of 
violating the criminal law, 

"Demi-Virgin" Precedent 
"Judge Collins read extracts from 
,. lepfiVt of a conference between 
Acting Mayor "Murray llulbcrt and 
Commissioner Giatzmcyer pointing 
out that the "nemi-\'ir(;ln"' ruling 
tied the license executive'.? hands, 
but that such power was vested In 
a court of Justice for specific cause, 
as In ""The God of Vengeance"' In- 
stance. The jurist continued that 
while a number of complaints had 
been registered with the police, the 
, number was disappointing in view 


Ended Last Thursday — Man* 
ager Lost $15000— Mis- 
haps for the Players 

Buffalo, Dec. 5. 
The Criterion Players, a stocic 
orgranization playing the Criterion, 
abruptly terminated the run Thursa 
day night leaving the house In 
darkness, ^ 

Friday found the members of the 
company looking for new jobs and 
manager Abbott, of the theatre, ano 
nouncing that he had given up th» 
effort to keep the theatre going after 
sinking a sum reported around $15,« 
OOO since September. 

The story goes that during Thurs* 
day evening's performance of "'Clv» 
Ulan Clothes" the menibers of the 
organization called In Abbott and 
notified him that unless money was 
forthcoming the performance would 
not be completed. The box ofllcs 
takings, reported to be about $300, 
were brought In and divided up 
with the bulk going to Peggy 
Coudray and Edward Cullen, tha 
leada The Thursday evening per- 
formance was finished and the thea- 
tre closed for good. 

It has been known for some time 
the Criterion was in a precarious 
w ,y, l>on Burroughs, forme;- lead- 
ing man of the stock company, hav- 
ing recently left the organization 
and eued the management for sal- 
ary. Ma ager Abbott denied that 
any members of the comi any have 
any salaries due them. 

A. Claire Sager, playright, actor, 
teacher of dramatics and American 
ace with a fiock of German air- 
planes to his credit, was discharged 
in City Court Friday when ar- 
raigned under a charge of grand 
larceny on the complaint of Floyd 
C. Frey of this city. 

Sager was a member of the Cri- 
terion Players and was alleget by 
Frey to have obtained $60 from him 
In 1921 under false pretenses con- 
nected with the sale of stock of ths 
Sager M.inufacturlng and Sales 

Soger was associated with th* 
conipany engaged In the manufac- 
ture of patented clothes lines and 
sold stock for the organization. Ha 
later left the company, going west 
where lie became a teacher of dra- 
matics in a western college. Later 
he managed a stock company on 
the road. 

As he was about to go onto the 
stage at the Wednesday evening 
performance he was served with a 
warrant by a detective and taken 
to police headquarters. Althougtt 
the opening of the pjerformance was 
d. . jd an hour, ball did not arrive 
In. time to enable him to go on. 

In City Court Sager's debonair* 
appearance attracted coneiderabis 
attention. On showing that he had 
returned the $60 to Frey, the court 
with the approval ot the district 
attorney, discharged him. 

It was shown that Sager was a 
real hero of the World War, having 
brought down a number of enemy 
planes and on one occasion dropped 
In a flaming plane, belif^ terribly 
burned, with his body permanently 
scarred as a result. He was cited 
for bra\ery and holds several 

Sager's arrest Is another one ot 
the steps In the long line of mis- 
haps occurring to the Criterion 
Players which brought about the 
eventual closing Thursday night. 

Peggy Coudray contradicted 
Manager Abbott following hi-^ pub- 
lished statement that no salary was 
due the conipany. 

"Mr. Abbott must have been' 
mlsunderstom] when he stated that 
no pay was due us," stated the 
auburn-haired Ingenue, "From five 
to six weeks' salary Is due me and 
other member!". We did everything 
possible to give the management an 
opportunity to put the house on lii 

of the genera! notoriety. The court 
stated fhRt proceedings In mngie-- 
trata's mints are not particularly 
appealing, for the reason such 
courts are ordinarily crowded as a 
maitftr of course, and that the at- 
tendant piihiicity Is not desirable. 

Judge Collins concluded his 
charge to the jury that the vast 
majority of actors and managers 
were above trading on smut and 
"dirt." but those few who were ac- 
tuated hy greed should be given 
proper attention. 

Thursday, December 6, 1928 


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Atlantic City, Dec. 6. 

Even the dls.ippolntment over last 
week's frost-bitten product failed to 
dim the optimism of Atlantic City's 
flrst-nlghters Monday. They were 
all there and had their friends with 
them last night when Fay Balnter, 
chaperoned by David Qelasco and 
■urrounded by a company worthy of 
both of them, madp her first appear- 
ance In "The Other Rose," a play by 
George Mlddleton from the French 
of Edouard Uourdet. 
. The story is the more or less we!! 
known one of the youth, faiiclnated 
by an experienced woman, who con- 
flden the details of his unrequited 
passion to the girl who liven next 
door — and you know the end of that. 
He does marry the girl next door, 
but the triteness of theme is saved 
by the clever dialog and the perfect 

Rose Coo and her father, an ab- 
sent-minded old profe.ssor of Greek, 
rent a cottage in Maine for a quiet 
summer's rest, only to And that they 
are the innocent victims of a plot 
to divert Tony Mason's mind from 
an unfortunate love affair which had 
occurred In this same cottage the 
year previous. He has kept the place 
just as It was, and comes there each 
day to torture himself with memo- 
ries. The il;' • he finds his "sanctu- 
ary" violated by a real girl with a 
Ben.<!e''of humor, a doting father and 
a little brother — It is almost more 
than he can stand. Where will he 
go to mourn ? He artorms and blu.sters 
and tries to put them out, but In the 
end he who came to mourn stays to 
confide, and both the audlepce and 
Rose's little brother Johnny sec 
What tbe outcome is to be. 

Henry Hull as Tony Mason gives 
reality and charm to a part that 
could easily have seemed impoa.slbly 
foolish. "Krnest Stallard as the pro- 
fessor, Effle Shannon as Tony's 
mother and Carlotla Monterey as 
the "Rose" of the summer before, 
were all excellent. 

As to Fay Balnter, the only dtffl- 
eulty is in restraining one's enthu- 
siasm. Her naturalness, charm 
fceauty, humor, the lilt of her voice 
and the twinkle in her eyes combine 
to make her one of the most attract- 
ive actresses on the stag-e. In "The 
Other Rose" she has a part th^ is 
«ay and lovable, with just enough 
pathos to show what she is capable 
; "The Other Rose" won much ap- 
plause ol» the opening night. It will 
win much for many nights to come, 
for It has every requisite for a long 
»nd succe.ssful season. Kioan. 


Los Angeles, Dec. 6. 

•The Lady Killer,'' at the Morosco 

Sunday afternoon, might be called a 

', dramatic crazy quilt. It has every 

, trick in the batt: drama, celodrama, 

■ eomedy, tragedy, satire and farce 

- and, for good measure, music and 

• song, by Frank and Alice Mandel. 

The former the author of "The 
. High Cost of Loving," "The O'Brien 
, Girl," etc. 

While the enthusiasm of first 
night audiences cannot always be 
Interpreted to mean success, the 
' hew play has a very good chance to 
get over. Worse and crazier things 
have made a lot of money, exhibit 
- A being ''Abie's Irish Rose." which 
,. »ot Its start at this same theatre. 
: The play Is programed as "a com 
My drama," and is in three acts. One 
•et, a beautiful and atrlklng one, 
' aerving. This Is an Important item. 
' as cost of production is cut down 

The cast numbers 13. and the Mo- 
rosco Holding Co., which Is the pre- 
■entor, Is doubtless hoping the hoo- 
doo number may change Ito long 
■tring of bod luck. 

At least two characters could be 
eliminated without injury. 

The plot revolves around a blonde 
'and Impressionable stenographer 
Who takes a petition offered by a 
'picture author who, like many of 
his kind In Hollywood, do their work 
at home. There Is a son and former 
district attorney, and a butler with a 
criminal past. 

The ex-D. A. nsk.i the son. his 
friend, to help him obtain a fox 
hide. Thoy go to the lake's cdcc to 
■kin the animal, secrecy being main- 
tained because of It.s illegality, lie- 
fore goinfr they have a slight tiff 
over a IcKal matter and the steno 
overhears, as also does the butler. 
The latter se«-s Stn opportimlly to get 
revenge on his Nemesis tor once 
•ending hlin up the river. 

Later the form of the badly In- 

' Jured ,-ittornpy Is picked up hy fish- 
ermen In the water. His friend, last 
With him. Is accused. The .stenngru- 
pher, ffcttins Inspiration from movie 
thriller on which she has Just t^iken 
dictation and having fallen In love 
with boy, coiifessps the crime. Thr 
youth, who, of course. Is Innocent. 
doesn't know what it i.t all about. 
but takes the girl at her word. 
, The my.stery la cleared when the 
HUppo.sed (lead map walks In, ex- 
>i plaining he had .stilmbled and fallen 
In the lake and wao ptiked up by a 

boat oontafnlne; inatead of fishermen, 
bootleggers w<ho plied him full of 
liquor and sent him to headquar- 
ters for dead. 

The niayers appear more mysti- 
fied than audience, but there Is kick 
In the satire and the situations are 
well built up. The dialog at times 
Is brilliant with few wisecracker- 
Isms; first act drags, and it Is pos- 
sible authors may cut and speed up. 

Charlotte Treadway presses In 
lead, with Harlan Tucker and Gayne 
Whitman in the two other main 
roles are effective. Arthur Clare 
and Joseph Eggenton are convinc- 
ing, with Fanny Yantls and James 
Donlln almost stealing the show 
with their olever character bits. 

The play was staged by Augustln 
Olas.'wnlre, with Franklyn IJnder- 
wood (here from Xew York) super- 

J. M. Richie, re^'elver, came west 
to attend the opening, v 

"The Lady KlllBr" hasn't much 
rhyme or reasoni but Bro^.dway may 
Hke It — If It reaches Broadway. 


Baltimore, Dec. 5. 
Leo DItrlchsteln's , new starring 
vehicle, "The Buxlness Widow," is a 
mildly amusing, consistently enter- 
taining comedy of no brilliance, 
little originality and scant novelty. 
It has, however, more than fair 
chances for box-olTlce It 
is at all times diverting and pro- 

vides Dltrlchsteln with a part which 
the publlo baa come to associate 
with bim. 

In all events "The Bualness 
Widow" provides him with a hap- 
pier roI« than did his lamented 
"Right Is Might." As the ofllce- 
bound Wall str*e» magnate of oil 
with not etiough leisure to devote to 
his beautiful but dumb wife, Dlt- 
rlchsteln Is suave, polished, authori- 
tative, gallant after a fashion and 
thoroughly fascinatinK to thd femi- 
nine contingent. 

But to the masculine part of the 
audience the real center of attrac- 
tion' was Lola Fisher as the spoiled 
but adorable wife. There were 
those whO' alternated between a de- 
sire to choke and to embrace her — 
which, of course, was Just the effect 
desired. She was a continual de- 
light from start. to finish, from the 
time «he broke up pompous business 
conferences in her husband's ulfice 
to the last curtain, where there was 
a long kiss of understanding. 

Some mention should be made of 
the living or drawing room set in 
the second and third acts. It Is 
done in execrable taste, taste too 
atrocious for even an oil millionaire 
to fancy. And certain reall.'»tic ef- 
fects were lost by the vases refusing 
to smanh when flung on the floor. 
They bounced like rubber, which 
Isn't good form for porcelain vnats, 

Somcthin'S shpul '. be said in credit 
to the cast. It was well balanced. 
Sundry muifing of lines, but due to 
the newness. John Davidson as the 
romantfc Greek Interior decorator 
an.' expert In the psycholo^ of 
breaking u.> homes was consistflitly 
amusing, , and James Dyrentorth 
play-ed convincingly. 

The play, purporting to have been 
written by Gladys Unger with "sug- 
gefltlons" by Hcrren Engel' and 
Sas>!man, demands a competent 
company to carry it through. It is 
talky in places and its end is too 
clearly foreseen. Cooling. 




Tito neppi L,lonel Barrymorc 

■liKl Ravnill Un. Keith 

t .-uf. (}ambella Henry Herhftrt 

tV.Jerlco Ouy Nkholi 

.•-'iRnora Cftlvaro Vaughn De I^rath 

Hlsnor Del Papa Thumaa ReynoMi^ 

Flok ,, SI Jney Toler 

:tlmanetta Irene Fenwick 

Lilly nianchetle Myra Florla'n 

Rtenxi SlBtera. .Susanna Roaal. L,eah T,eKoux 

mbl Nick hc.\r: 

Olaclnta Roao Morl.wn 

Father Baverlo Giorgio MaJeronI 

Slgnora Hcl Uonte Kathleen Korrlgah 

."tfarghcrlta I,ucllle Kahn 

Conte Cantlgllone Olorglo Majeroni 

aignora Capelll Agnea McCarthy 

Slgsora Ferlce Jenny Dlckerson 

Slgnorlna Crlrjpl JHIchellne Keating 

SIgnora Torre Alice Horlne 

Ragamuffln Ctiarlea Flnnbarh. ur. 

Ragamuffln Harry Craven 

Despite equivocal notices b^ thi 
critics for the dallies and the call 
at the brokers' reported as not spon- 
taneously responsive after the 
Thanksgiving Eve premiere, this re- 
viewer has no hesitation In pro- 
nounclnx "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" as 
one of the sensational hits of the 
year from an artistic as well as 
money standpoint. 

If New 'York hasn't yet been 
roused to the extraordinary per- 
formance of Lionel Barrymore and 
the glorious drama of the book. It 
will be. There may be some doubt 
about synthetic products of al- 
chemy, but pure gold cannot fall. 

This David Belasco offering Is a 
thrilling, fascinating adventure In 
the theatre. The perfection of Its 
execution Is twinned with. the tense 
human appeal of Its conception. 
Every breath and fibre of It Is mas- 
terly. It is something new In con- 
struction — a comedy-tragedy, being 
replete with hearty laughs and end- 
ing In one of the most clutching bits 
of sheer and deadly grief ever ex- 
pressed across that boundary be- 
tween art and life. 

"Laugh, Clown, Laugh" Is not a 
dramatic vfrslon of "Pagllaccl." It 
Is a modern, original play by David 
Belasco and Tom Gushing, adapted 
from the Italian of Fausto Martini 
and left In Its Roman locale. 

Barrymore (Tito Beppl) plays 
the role of Fllk, a "hick" vaude-. 
vlUe comedian. And he plays it! 
Perhaps only those who truly know 
the type can appreciate fully 
what he docs with It. BeHidcs 
which he has perfected himself In 
Hying front somersaults, a little 
hokum dance, every posture and 
iTPsture of the "dumb" actor. To 
those who so recently saw him play 
the mighty Macbeth, his character- 
ization is the more startling in Its 

The story begins In the offlre of a 
psycho-analytical expert, where two 
men have come. One cannot stop 
wcepitig. uni- cannot stop laughing. 
They talk it over In the waiting 
room. The gloomy one Is Flik, the 
r.imous clown; the other Is a young 
millionaire libertine, played by the 
h-'ind.some and accomplished Ian 
Keith (for whom stardom was pre- 
iliited several times over the signa- 
ture at the end of this report). 

The doctor rules that the laugher 

should find one womai\ he can take 
seriously and the weeper should gret 
the one he wants or find many be- 
cause he Is taking one too seriously. 
They scoff until in comes the girl, 
Fllk's young ward and professional 
partner. Fllk realizes that he laves 
her; the other falls In love with her; 
it cures them both. 

Then follows the gripping story ot 
the girl torn between sisterly devo- 
tion to the clumsy clown and the sex 
urge for the fascinating blade. She 
would sacrifice herself to save deso- 
lating Fllk, but he is a game, noble 
soul, with all his simplicity and un- 
lettered vulgarities, and he gives her 
to the other; and it breaks his giant 

We see htm at the last alone, on 
her wedding morn, setting the stage 
for his clown act — a "single" It must 
bo now — and ho takes candles for 
footlights, puts on his broad make- 
up, raves, rants, grins, tumbles, 
froths, fumes and dies. For a mo- 
ment that socne, which was so heav- 
ily criticized by the New York re- 
viewers, reached heights of heart- 
breaking and ghastly reality that 
made men gasp and will cause 
women to swoon. 

Let them gasp and let them 
swoon! Such a classic takes no cog- 
nizance of human sensitiveness and 
"happy endings." This Is raw, un- 
compromising art, conceived by 
poets and served by a genius. 

The performance throughout Is 
nearly perfect In the star's support. 
Miss Fenwick is not the happiest 
choice, registering little of the hoy- 
den In her person, though she per- 
sonates It well enough In her char- 
acter. Keith Is terrific as well as 
dazzllnsr, and gives to "lAUgh, 
Clown, Laugh" the authority and 
conviction of a perfectly selected 
personality, physical and tempera- 
mental distinction, and acting of 
Kraceful and forceful touch such as 
is rarely seen In these days. Sidney 
Toler as Fllk's "straight man" is a 
tower of sympathetic strength, yield- 
ing, himself, a most finished charac- 

Belasco's touches and effects, cli- 
maxed In the second act when an 
entire vaudeville show Is played by 
illusion behind the set, supposedly 
benejith the ba'lcony of the gltl. Is 
diffiTent, colorful. Imaginative, ultra 
skillful and uncanny In the realism 
It projects. The direction through- 
out Is more than Intelligent — It Is 
noble, discerning, compelling. 

If "Laugh, Clown, I^augh" Is not 
one of the solid successes of years 
New York should see the psycho- 
analyst and firtd out why it can 
neither weei> nor laugh. 

This bumble scribe cannot believe 
it will be less than a memorable and 
.substantial triumph. • IjoU. 

I.,angdon West, stage director f* 
"Chu Chin Chow" .and "Aphrodite" 
under E. Lyall Sw'.etc, Is assisting 
.Max Relnhardt in preparing "The 


A. H. Wooda production, atarrlng Mary 
Naah In "a atory of a life and a love," by 
Martin liro'.vn. stag--^ by I.i«ter lX)aerg;in 
Scenery clenlgiiwl by CHttuM F. I'ember In 
four acta, ttvo acem-a. pn>'.«g and «*l>U»>g. 
Ui>ened a.t the Himplre, New York, l>ec. 4. 

A Sailor Marcel !,• Mans 

A Navvy Marcel Morelli 

Laiette Stei>hiine de Ije<ger 

Julie AdoLihle WUaon 

The Loafer Bdward t.a Roche 

Polly Pearl Mary Naah 

The Traveller T,eonard Wll;ey 

Blackle Herbert Hey woo<l 

A Young M«n Ilrajidoii I'etera 

Fanny Im Clare KUanbeth Rla.lon 

Oa llhoy .Hugh Ilrtioke 

Florlne Betl* Wliaams 

Phyllla "reddy King 

Leonard M. Aulayna Austin Falrman 

Tom Rol>lnaon Victor Morl«y 

Mr. SI. Aubyna Kthellwrt Hales 

'i,ady "IMdu" Huntlngtoa Irby Marahall 

A Olrl.. Nora lladalonl 

Mme. Blanche Ludmllla Toretska 

Joaef Bilwanl tyx Koche 

Mrat Sailor Kdw.ird FelbnHh 

Second Sailor ^ Hugh llrooke 

Mfa. ('aims Cecelia Ra^lcilffe 

A Lawyer Hert>ert Hey wood 

A N-uree Sylvia I,lltJe 

A (}ent!c4na:n Clement 0'L'>gh'en 

A Il<)lj1>y Frank Horton 

A I,Ady Vlrglni^t I.engdon 

A Llttte Boy Junior Durkln 

A f)(X*tor Kudolliho Fkvdalonl 

A Police Agent John Fulco 

This may be the best work Mary 
Ntish has ever done, as some of the 
first-nighters thought, but It cer- 
tainly Is not the best play she has 
'aver appeared in. Nor is it even a 
good play. Judging by the high 
standards now necessary fur a 
Broadway offering to possjltu in 
order to get over for any sort of a 
run. Yet it has Its points that may 
fool the skeptlcail first-nighters who, 
despite their obvious friendliness, 
certainly did not impart the spon- 
taneous enthusiasm that magically 
relays to the actors that the play is 
a hit. 

Miss Nash was accorded a gener- 
ous number of curtain calls, but the 
play left something lacking. It is 
bpiit on the familiar motlier's sacri- 
fice theme and embraces a number 
of sure-fire ingredients. 

The prolog introduces the Brixton 
bar at Havre In 1921, with Polly 
Pearl, once a popular serlo-come 

dienne of the FInsbury-Empire, .,.,,,: ^, . : ... 
London, the proprieties. Polly W acting vehicle It la disjointed, lacks 

old and gray, but the friendly 
stranger is a willing listener, and 
Po^ly sentimentally recounts her life 
and love. The fiash-back displays a 
drop In "one" of the Slnsbury-Em- 
pire in 1900, when Polly was capti- 
vating the patrons 'with her then 
famous "Give Her a Violet" number. 

The first act proper shows Polly 
reciprocating Leonard St. Aubyns' 
interest to the extent they had se- 
cretly become married a few weeks 
prior. St. Aubyns, pere, enters the 
scene and amputates his son's In- 
come. In Monte Carlo PoUy faces 
the crisis, discovering her husband's 
Inherent caddishness, although 
about to become a mother. Several 
months later In Marseilles, after the 
hostess of a local dive had befriend- 
ed her In the direst hour, Polly re- 
ciprocates by offering to pay oft the 
debt through singing for the enter- 
tainment of the i)atron8, although 
the place Is a frank brothel. The 
heroine at first had been proposi- 
tioned by Mme. Blanche, the owner 
of the place, that "Just like In Eng- 
land, tho men like French girls, over 
here they like the English girls." 

But Polly still remains "the lady" 
during her sojourn at the Malson 
Hhnnche, although forced to depart 
when St. Aubyns, Sr., enters with a 
seizure writ of the baby on the 
ground Its mother Is "unfit" as a 
guardian. Aubyns was formerly a 
common tradesman born Tubblns, 
who tried to make his son a gentle- 
man through the medium of his 
money until the offspring drank him- 
self to death. The father is Intent 
on bringing up an heir as he sees fit. 
Polly entrusts the baby to a friendly 
stranger and spends six years un- 
successfully trying to refcain him 
until there Is danger of her mental 

For abetit 15 years she has been 
conducting the Brixton bar at 
Havre, almost having given up hope, 
When tha young Tommy who had 
accompanied an overlnduflgent com- 
panion Into the place accidentally 
shoots the latter. Thin leads into 
the discovery as to his identity. 

This is a fairly thorough synopsis 
of the plot development. The skele- 
ton has been cloaked with all the 
sure-fire Incidentals UnuaJfly attend- 
ing such theme. The question 
whether at this late date the pa- 
trons will take to It, will make or 
break the offering. The Chances are 
neg.atlve, however. 

MIns Na/Sh is auperb In the sev- 
eral characterizations she must han- 
dle, and accepted all opportunities 
masterfully. One or two of the 
scenes were truly gripping, l<}ilsa- 
beth Rlsdon is the unolficlal lumi- 
nary with her brilliant handling of 
an extraordinarily Juicy assignment. 
With the start "stralghtlng" In one 
comedy scene. It appe.irs on the sur- 
face that Miss Rlsdon is running 
away with the piece, although Miss 
Nash's legitimate contribution Is 
worthy of any artiste. Victor Mor- 
ley as the racetrack tout has about 
the only other opportunity worth 
while, with the rest more or less 

Lester I,onergan's staging Is ex- 
traordinarily worthy and the Clif- 
ford F. Pemher scenery is above ttie 
average. The production leaves lit- 
tle wanting. Similarly th» Acting. 
Kvon the play as a piece of iliama- 
tiirgy Is not to blame. The general 
theme, of Its fnmlll irlty witli 
tho obvious twist that the mother 

the medallion she put on th« baby's 
neck, is at fault. 

The chances are against tba pleca 
on account of that, although Woods 
should get a decent break on the 
screen rights. Properly handled, the 
play should make good film material, 
although It win probably necessitate 
the Introduction of a punchier tltha 
than "The Lady." AttI 


The Doorkeeper Oordon Bui^ 

Mellsaitde Jane Cowl 

Uolaud Ijoula Hector 

Arkel J. Sayre Crawler 

(.ionevleve Grace Hampton 

I'ol leaa RoUo P«ten 

Little Ynlold WHllam Peerc* 

The Old Servant Jeaale Ralph 

A Doctor _. Vernon KeJao 

Alma Reeves Smlta 

Maid. Servant!.. 

Three. Beggars. 

Marlon I'ivanaoa 
Mildred WaU 
LucUe WaM 
KdUh Van CSeT* 
Mary Hulton 
Katherlne Wray 
Harry Taytor 
lAurenco Adams 
lUcbard Bowler 

If any star on earth could make 
"Pelleas and Melisande" a popular 
success, Jane Cowl might. But It 
seenns chimerical, even with her 
beautiful and gifted presence, that 
this senile gibber of Maeterlinck's 
will Intrigue New Yorkers. 

The Selwyns have given Miss 
Cowl's far-fetched new starring 
medium a production of extravaifant 
Investment and fine spirit. It will 
never pay Itself off, even as a unit 
In the repertoire they are oomplllnK 
for the star whose Juliet lifted her 
rather suddenly Into glories whence 
sh# may dispute with any current 
artiste the title of First Aotreas of 
the Land. ■ 

"Pelleas and Melisande" will set 
her back In this ambition rather 
than elevate her, as she dombtlessly 
anticipated. Neither the role nor 
the play could ever help "make" 
anyonQ. It ta a dreary, episodic, 
verbose, frequently soggy tragedy of 
Platonic love, marrlase to an old 
brute, suffering and repressed de- 
sire. It may be a symfeolio poetlo 
fantasy of literary merit, but as an 

climax, and finli^ea In %M dreary 
and emotk>nless a deatb as ever 
was staged. 

Why modern actresses, full of life 
and feminine loveliness, yiouth and 
allure, fight destiny to engasa In 
wearisome mediaeval drivel that 
they do not themselves understand 
and that thoy know few others will 
crtjojf. Is one of the starnal mys- 
teries of Bta«e psychology. It seems 
that ^ soon as stars become com* 
merclal magnets they yearn for a 
chance to bore their pulblle and to 
sell somethinK no one wants; to 
prove aomethlnc perhaps — but 

Mies Cowl, a Juliet beyond any of 
her generation, followlns wKh tow- 
ering triumph the failures of sev- 
eral established stars In ths same 
role, might have been satisfied; It 
was glory enoug-b for a lifetime. 
But she no sooner broke records in 
Shakespeare than she dug out the 
musty mumblings of Maeterlinew 
and hurried back to the great the- 
atrical market place as Melisande, 
a creature unhuman, a pei^natlon 
of a doddering poet's eccentric 
moonlngs. There are a million 
people In New York who adore Miss 
Cowl in the flesh and blood. They 
do not want to see her pant and 
.sigh and die, even as Juliet, but 
Juliet Is nt least a glrU Melisande 
Is only a ghost. 

Melisande does considerable weep- 
ing, and weeping has long been 
Miss Cowl's best trick. Perhaps 
that Influenced her to give the world 
Melisande. Perhaps It was the 
Greenwich Villa je Influence or soma 
other hysterical or esoteric urge. It 
certainly was not the Selwyps. 

In "Romeo and Juliet" Miss Cowl 
drew around $26,000 weekly. It she 
reaches half that figure after the 
first press of the CowI-In-anythlng 
fans It win be a wonder. She has 
Instituted special performances as 
Juliet, and these matinees will out- 
draw her nights as Melisande. 

"Pelleas and Melisande" Is re- 
grettable despite Its artistic apple- 
sauce. • Miss Cowl does all wMh ths 
princess from nowhere that a -nor- 
tal could, and Rolio Petero, as 
Pelleas (he Is her Romeo), has a 
deep and vibrant voice and suffers 
mightily with her. The scenes are 
mostly played in the dark. No foot- 
lights or borders are used at any 
time. All sets ore forests or vast 
castle Interiors, gloomy, forbidding. 
Home of the scenes are very short 
and end with almost childish ob- 
sei vstlons about a moon or a flowsr 
or the Weather, Everything is 
subtly symbolic, often entirely 
elusive Iq the symbolisms. 

There are two love scenes be- 
tween the lovers, who are pictured 
as very young, though the girl Is 
married and becomes a mother by 
her whiskered husband meanwhile. 
The husband kills the loVer, his 
brother, and wounds his wife. Hhs 
gives premature birth to a puny 
child and dies llngerlngly during 
the final scene, a grisly antl-cllmax 
with endless talk, also densely sym- 
bolic and wpclflcally boresome. 

As a thing of charm. Miss Cowl 
is most endearing and winsome and 
wistful. As a character she Is faith- 
ful. As a «'age heroine s!;e Is nol 
because Meli.^ande is nl'. 

A few— very few — weeks in "Pel- 
IiMS aiul MeliBandt"" should bs 
cinnigh. whereupon Miss Cowl must 











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j't^'f '■-*-_•■ ^:f^-. ;.-'■ --*r- '.' .'••♦rffwv./ 

Thursday, December 6, 1923 

bo hoped thai she will overlook 
•"Cymbellnc." the only other classic 
as d'jl! as "PtlleRB aixj MeHxHiKie." 



Aunt Tru.nit Ituhy ll.iUlcr 

Mtlllff (VuU<1ci K^lhlFin Arthur 

Alt..rt Bcuil.ltr Jiick riurry 

ttuKfT WiiJtfr Conn.. My 

JTc'AX Harlow OvwaliJ Yorke 

Here Is one that makes the nnll- 
nary flop look like a ma»teri)iece. 
AlmoFt every offering In a. Hroad- 
way theatre has something In its 
favor, even thouKh lt« errors may 
outweigh that and be fatal and vil-il. 
But here is one without a redeem- 
ing or defendable ingredient. 

"The Talking Parrot" is the worst 
written, the worst acted, the 
■taged and the worst produced mess 
Been In seaeons, utterly helpless, 
hopeless and useless. 

The "inside" on It Is the 
Brennan Interests, which took over 
the Fraxee theatre with the pre- 
miere of "The Talking I'arrot." had 
it up their sleeves to spring in their 
own house to start It off with a 
bang. They had seen It at the Tri- 
angle, a Sheridan square basement 
tr>'Out house, and for some un- 
fathomable reason had taken it to 
their bosoms. "Out of the Seven 
Seas." a fair mek), w«« abruptly 
given the Forty-second street air. 
and "Gudrun Productions" opened 
"The Talking Parrot." 

The house was two-thirds filled, 
all paper. It wasn't an untrained 
frudience consisting of miscellaneoud 
strangers. They started one little 
dud of applause when the first cuj- 
taln went up on a second-hand in- 
terior, the lone set, and dropped 
back In their free seats to be shown. 
What followed was as distressing 
and em'barraaslng a period as this 
veteran reporter has ever «pent in a 

The full cast was disclosed within 
a few minutes — five — also strangers. 
Huddled all together, talking away 
at the incoherent, wandering, wit- 
less and spineless poppycock writ- 
ten with amateurish touch and left 
gangrling about with no ostensible 
scheme of construction, the unfor- 
tunate Ave read the puerile lines as 
directed, undoubtedly. 

Knowing ones turned to one an- 
other In the seats with querying 
raised eyebrows. Were they being 
kidded, or was this some subtle 
satire that was eluding them? 
Surely it wasn't Just what it was 
handed 0^1 to be; oh, no, there 
would be a surprise twlet In a mo- 
ment and it would (urn out to be 
clever professionals characterizing 
en amateur rehearsal for a church 

The acts and the hours wore on. 
A few impatient skeptics began to 
walk out. One or two expressed 
themselves audibly. Well — they 
wx>uld miss something, fof the pur- 
pose hadn't yet been disclosed. 
When the last curtain dropped, the 
survivors picked th>m«clve8 up. 
They had been taken In. No tag 
had come to explain or alibi it. And 
It may never be fully exposed. 

There was no story. A prudish 
stamp collector, married to a former 
Knglish music hall singer, living In 
Greenwich Village though a marti- 
net for propriety, has two bachelor 
friends for no reason, goes away in 
search of a previous stamp, is re- 
ported drowned. Each bachelor en- 
gages himself to the "widow," 
though neither wants her. We 
know the hu."»band Isn't drowned — 
how could he be spared when the 
cast musters only five? He comes 
back as a ghost, later In the llosh. 
Then '.he wife cuts loose .and says 
she's going to England. Voila. 

It's etilier than that, because it 
takes more than two hours to tell it. 
The acting was atrocious, the dl- 
rectlDn was blundering. The whole 
thing wa.<t Ju8l a regrett.iblc and 
Inexplicable mistake. If "The Talk- 
ing P.irrot ' pliys the week out, the 
xnysiery will be even thicker. 


witted lad to whom the charactere 
of the world are us the characters in 
a fairy tale. Ho sees the prince 
and the princess (the lovers), the 
ogre (the aristocratic mamma), the 
knave (the finger-shaking villain) 
.ind himself as the poor boy. This 
is the stroke of fantasy and his 
frank labeling of these characters 
in the dialog was a pleasant novelty. 

The diminatic twist Is given the 
story by the use of the halfwit's 
mother, who was married to the 
villain years before tmt who was 
left by him to care for the boy. Be- 
fore she married the villain, tlje 
aristocratic mamma had taken her 
real sweetheart from her, so that 
her life throughout was unpleasant. 

A question of the boy's birth 
brings out a strong situation and 
the parallel situation of her son 
turning down the rich girl to marry 
the poor girl Is brought Into con- 
flict with the unhappy marriage oX 
the boy's father tr the aristocratic 
woman and Its subsequent unhappl- 

If only the hokum hadn't been 
smeared on so thick at the finish 

Mr. Nugent is too mature for tAe 
halfwit. Nevertheless, he plays it 
cleverly and gets many laughs 
through some of the fat lines which 
he has reserved. But It is daughter 
Ruth who really cops the honors. 
This little girl Is one of the few on 
the stage who can play a young 
part and bring freshness and 
warmth to it. Her exuberance in 
some scenes is not the studied 
lightness of a hardbolled and painted 
ingenue — It ajiproxlmates the real 
thing. Opposite her Is Kenneth 
McKenna giving a passably good 
Interpretation of the rich boy. It 
seems that all stage juveniles are 
alike — they must wear Kngllsh-cut 
clothing no matter whether playitig 
In a western piece or In a drawing- 
room comedy — and they must smoke 
snappy straight stem Tilpes. In ad- 
dition to this they all seem to have 
the same frightfully insincere 
methods. They may be nice looking 
boys, but there Is no variation In 
the type. The other members of 
the cast overacted plteously. 

"Dumb-bell" has an excellent 
*>aslc idea which could have been 
developed better but which Is mod- 
erately amusing and thoroughly 
clean as It stands. The cast Is short, 
seven people, and the piece Is played 
in a single Inferior which Is satis- 
factory. But despite Its good Idea, 
the piece needS recasting and first 
act revision. 




RichArd Herndon pr«MnU th* Swedlah 
Ballet, current for tnla we«k only at the 

Century. New York, 'with k trana-contin- 
ent&l tour to follow. DlnHstton of Rolf De 
Mare, bnl^<) "direct from the Theatre dei 
Champa Klyaeea. Parle." Bintira choreoK- 
raphy and d krect ion by Jean Dor) In ; or- 
chestra conducted by Vladimir Ooli»chmann. 
Principal danccra include Jean Borltn, Et>on 
Strandln, Kaj Smith. Qreta Kachr. M. H. 
I^ts, Tolvo Nlakanen, IBdIth Bonadorff, 
Anna Wlckatrom, Rup*»rt Doone. Poul Kl- 
torp, Oreta Lundberg, Elaa Schwarck, Gdel 
nans, SLftne Malmberc. Ktaebeth KJaerv- 
gaard, Blva Tllnmkvlat. Klara KJallblad. 
ETric Wlb«r. Kva Helleenea, SlRne tictid, 
Donald Offden Stewart, Bert Norton. 


London, Nov. 28. 
Excellent fare was provided and 
splendidly received when "Our Llx," 
kind of musical comedy-revue, 
was presented to an Alhambra au- 
dience. It Is a touring company. 
Sir Oswald Stoll occasionally Inter- 
sperses bis vaudeville policy with 
an obscure provincial organization. 
The theme, though far from orig- 
inal, is carried out In an attractive 
way. The Hon. Geoffrey Mannering, 
scion of a noble house, just returned 
from Canada, arrives unexpectedly, 
to find revelry In the kitchen. In 
which he good-naturedly Joins. His 
people come on the scene and up- 
braid him, reminding him of their 
wish for htm to marry some one of 
high birth. He refuses to marry 
except for love and In pique says 
be will marry the first girl he sees, 
which happens to be Liz, the kltch- 

...^Her people are visited by his, and 
In their effort to be extra nospitable 
offer them winkles for tea and com- 
mit various faux pns. The poor girl 
Is so upset she refuses him although 
really )n love with him. 

A lather aggressive good-natured 
brother wins a small fortune In a 
competition and takes them all 
abroad, where Liz assumes an 
American accent through being mis- 
taken .for an American family ex- 
pected at the hotel. 

The Hon. Geoffrey meets her 
jgain, doesn't recognize her, but Is 
puzzled, and again falls in love with 
her. The Imposture Is discovered 
and they are on the verge of^ being 
turned out when Geoffrey recognizes 
Lie, claims her, and the brother, 
happening to break the bank at the 
casino, restores their depleted bank 
account. So reconciliation follows 
all round. 

The title role Is taken by Renee 
Reel, a dainty little dancer who 
possesses, besides a strong vein of 
low comedy, a touch of pathos and 
a keen sense of character. All the 
low cockney parts are splendidly 
played, and a good deal of humor Is 
got out of the contrasts between the 
two fanillies. 

Jack Barty as the big, blustering 
brother is particularly amusing; 
also Herbert Darnley as Lizzie's 
father. Violet Vaughan an Suzette, 
a deml-mondaine, plays the violin 
delightfully, and the young hero of 
Leslie Hatton leaves little to be de- 

If the American tone of Miss Reel 
Is too real (this Is not a pun!) tor 
b* natural In an Ignorant kitchen- 
maid, it can be forgiven, as she 
mimics so charmingly, and alto- 
gether the entire show went with a 

roles nicely handled, constituting a 
clever piece. 

The program commences with 
"L'Homme du Jour," one-a/^t com- 
edy by Pierre Montrel, already pre- 
sented. It Is a satire on feminine 
curiosity. Kendrew. 


("Ths World Without a Vsil") 

Berlin, ilov. 28. . 

In the "Komische Oper" James 
Klein set out to make a revue which 
would surpass that of his competitor 
Haller, next door at the Admlrals- 
palast, and it certainly looks as 
though he had done so. For the 
first few nights, at least, a well- 
dressed and well-fed public was In 
attendance, and It looks almost as 
though he might get back the money 
he put Into the production — quite a 
feat these days In Germany. This 
revue In 20 pictures Is an evident 
Imitation of the American "Follies," 
and while Mr. Haller, in "Druber 
und Drunter," got about as far as 
the year 1912, Mr. Klein has taken 
quite a Inap forward and really 
about reached the 'standard of 1915. 

It Is a tremendous relief that 
Klein has made no effort to Inject 
any plot Into the entertainment. It 
is merely a series of pictures. He 
has engaged, moreover, an excellent 
trio of comedians — Paul Wester- 
meler, Siegfried Behrisch and Ar- 
nold Kieck — ana It is only unfortu- 
nate, as Is practically always the 
case, that he has not engaged any- 
body to write them something hu- 
morous to be funny about. 

Particularly effective is the chan- 
delier with living decorations, and 
also the curtain with female bas 
relief. The crystal ballet, the lace 
fan, and the living Chinese porcelain 
figures are also tasteful. The po- 
litical sketches were not quite so 

The music is said to be from a 
number of the best known ' com- 
posers of Germany and foreign 
countries, but, unfortunately, Mr. 
Klein's anthologist does not seemito 
have been as well known as the 
people from whom he selected. 
However, the music Is seldom an- 
noying, and least of all when sung 
by the charming Madge Leasing, the 
wife of the well-known London and 
New York manager, George McClel- 
lan. The revue will probably be 
able to continue the whole winter. 

nerly treating her, rccognlzea him 
and, when h* attempts to mesmerize 
her, alleging her infirmity Is • pre- 
tention on tier pai^, she throws a 
bowl of vitriol Into the professor's 
eyes. * 

The one-act judicial comedy of 
Levy Oulraann, a noted ICicai at- 
iorney, entitled "Paysanncrles Judi- 
ciaries" Is an amusing exposure of 
legal procedure In a French country 

"Pulsqu'll faut I'Etre," one-act 
farce by Jean Dlvrac, revived, is 
not an edifying subject. And the 
same can be said of "L'AmI des 
Deux," vaudeville by Henri Caen, 
wherein Is a husband who keep* 
his eyes closed to the flirtations of 
his wife with his employer. In tltls 
manner the fellow keeps his Job, 
while losing his honor, and the lady 
earns an allowance for a rainy day. 

All these trifles are well played 
by an excellent company headed by 
Mme. Maxa (originally listed for the 
Grand Guignol troupe in New York). 

The present bill Is up to the usual 
standard, without particular nov- 
elty, but doomed to be replaced 
before the month Is out. 




OomiHjy In thr. c .nl» by J. C. anj BIlinK 
JJucwit. produced for mat!n»p season at the 
Belnnont thratre by Richard O. Hf^mdon. 
J. <•. .Vugpnt marred and Ruth Nucent 

Ma HutchrnRun Jea«le Orummftte 

Homro J, (\ NupT'-nl 

AsRlr Ruth NuK'nt 

Ted Stone Kenneth MvKinna 

Mrs. Slono Ethel Winthrop 

Ann Worlhlnir tlliylye Wtliton 

iutiit John Daly .Murphy 

"Dumb-bell" is goo<l entertain- 
ment largely because J. C. Nugent 
and his daughter Tluth are in it. 
hut it doesn't nif'.'tsure up to Nu- 
gcnlB "Kempy." 

It't an out-and-out comedy. 
as one would expect; rather it 
hovers d^ingeroiisiy close to being 
so much or a hybrid that whatever 
good is in it— ami there is a lot- 
will never get its due. Mr. Nugent 
has written some of the most In- 
geniou.x fantasy ween in yeiirH, lint 

In connection with this funtasy he 

has sciri n: to put in a lew of the 
old stundliys of the Victorian 
drama — a nngcr-sh^ikinB villnln. an 
arlstooratio ni.Tnim.i who wioids a 
lorgnette as a kitchen ni lid would 
* stirring spoon, tlie ricli youiiir 
girl and the proud son wlm ivlll not 
marry for money. And to help I lie 
rich son out of his marrviiif; ililli- 
Ciilty. the poor but virtuous iinmiiy 
girl Is put in thr pl.iy — and the li;il( 
girl Is the most attractive thing in 
It — thanks lo Hutii -fClTUen:. 

Tile eldir .N'iik< nt p^^y.s a hrilf- 

Pretty tiresome stuff, this Swedish 
ballet. Over two and a half hours 
of different varieties of ballet terp- 
slchore is too consistent a diet for 
any playgoer, and even the obvlsusly 
ecstasies over it. 

An Intimate ballet of this sort 
would scintillate to better advantage 
in a smaller capacity house. Much 
of It is lost in a huge amphitheatre 
like the Century. 

The ballet proper Is divided Into 
four sections or numbers. The first 
Is a "Skating Rink" affair. The 
printed program" Interpretation 
translates the choreography. Other- 
wise It would remain a secret to 
most of the audience. 

The second episode, "The Newly- 
weds on the Eiffel Tower," Is a com- 
bination of nonsense and satire and 
a passively diverting number. "Man 
and His Desire," following. Is pro- 
gramed a "plastic poem by Paul 
Claude]." It may 'be, but the poetry 
Inclined one to drowsiness. "The 
Foolish Virgins" was the fourth and 
la.Ht number. 

If the average theatregoer desires 
and demands entertainment In the 
shows he or she attends this will 
not satisfy. On the same theory, 
there are probably enough inhab- 
itants in this city to give the Swed- 
ish ballet a fair box-offlce break for 
a single week, as witness the 
"Chauve Souris" and Moscow Art 
ventures. Abel. 


Frederick B. Wnrde Is named heir 
and executor of the estate of iiis 
wife, Annie Kdmonson Warde. 
whose will was admitted to probate 
this week In Brooklyn. The bequest 
is fixed at J2,000 real and $1,200 
personal properly. 

Mrs. WurJe was at one time a 
proitilnent iicires.s, playing in com- 
pany with her husband and other 
stars. She died Nov. 16 of henrt 

Instead of sm.'ill town dates. 
W,'i>;<'iihjils At Kemper are going to 
send 'iS'h. M.-it" Into the big cities 
for repents. They ))|an on three to 
four-veck stands, with ll.."!© fop. 
This is-thr ftmrth season on the road 
for the show. 


("Ths Idsal Pair") 

Paris, Nov. 28. 
The Theatre Michel, directed by 
Thebor and Brigond, has changed 
its style a wee bit by presenting the 
three-act piece "Le Couple," by 
Denys Amiel, co-author of the 
"Sourlant Madame Boudftt." This 
Incursion Into the realms of psycho- 
logical love comedy was nicely re- 
ceived, without being a decided suc- 
cess for the little houso, albeit we 
are accustomed to risky farce at the 
MlcheL Henri Ledriant Is a fash- 
ionable novelist and lives content- 
edly with his preitty wife, Claude. 

They are so happy together that 
the corrupted society which they are 
obliged to frequent disdainfully 
dubs them "Le Couple" (otherwise 
"The ideal pair). Their high mo- 
rality and mutual fidelity Is consid- 
ered little less than a public scan- 
dal by the smart set In which they 
move. Henri Is modern. Just the 
same, and understands his precari- 
ous situation; so he deoldfvs to mi- 
grate to the Rlvleni with his wife 
before a calamity occurs, realizing 
that he Is not Iron-clad against 
temptations any more than other 
normal individuals. 

They consequently accept hospi- 
tality on the. estate of Henri's friend, 
l*rovoet, and his wife, .Suzanne. 

They have Jumped from the fry- 
ing pan into the (Ire. In the course 
of events, being thrown together 
diaily, Henri becomes Ruz.iniie's 
lover, wMIe Provost pursues Claude 
by his amorous attentions. 

When the latter ascertains her 
husband has an Intrigue with her 
friend Suzanne, she is exasperated, 
and to appease her wounded pride 
5'lelds to Provost's pleadings, then 
denouncing herself to Henri and 
proclaiming her revenge is complete. 

The literary man, still adoring his 
lawful spouse. Is in despair and frets 
at their drift. He pines, and when 
Claude sees the ravages grief Is 
causing to her husband's health she 
adroitly convinces him she was only 
bragging of an unaccomplished re- 
venge and Hiat she has never been 
unfaithful to her marriagn vows. 
They quit the Provosts and reeume 
^Ihelr happy life of an ideal couple. 
' This comedy Is amply well played 
by Harry Baur (Henri), Henry 
Roger (Provost), Eve Francis 
(Claude), Madeline Linval 


London, Nov. 28. 

Fred Duprez Is presenting himself 
In the "1924 Manhattan Fol- 
lies," on tour this week. It Is 
a touring revue In 19 scenes, book 
by Joe Hayman, several production 
numbers by Joseph Santley, lyrics 
apd music by William Hargreaves, 
dances staged by James Lester, pro- 
duced by Joe Hayman under the 
sup^vtsion of Duprez. 

Tlie show has only been out a few 
weeks and is still In the making, 
but gives every evidence of being 
developed Into a first -rate organiza- 
tion of its kind. It Is understood 
there will be some changes In the 
cast, particularly In the female per- 
sonnel, which Is somewhat weak, 

Duprez Is, of course, the star, and 
the principal adverse criticism of 
the show Is that It Isn't quite fast 
enough. The work of Duprez sur- 
passes anything he has ever done 
In England, and when he leaves the 
stage the entertainment slows up, 
due to the absence of speedy play- 
ers. His principal support Is Jack 
Williams, a splendid low comedian 
who is neither a singer nor a dan- 
cer but an excellent character man. 
In two of the skits he plays female 
roles and brings to those roles Just 
the requisite femininity without re- 
course to vulgarity or oftenslveness. 

Agnes Croxton, prima donna, 
lacks weight and occasionally sings 
off key, and a male quartet are of 
the conventional "barber shop" va- 
riety, which Is as sure-fire as In 
America. The production Is ade- 
quate for a touring company and 
is In good taste. A restaurant scene 
Is very funny, as far al It goes, but 
not enough Is made of It. 

The show is booked solid for the 
remainder of the current season, 
which takes one more desirable 
headliner out of vaudeville for that 
length of time, nt len*t. Joto. 

Berlin. Nov. 28. 

This new operetta, with music by 
Hugo Hirsch and the book by Franz 
Arnold and Ernst Bach, is distin- 
guished by one of the most amusing 
librettos of the season and should 
distinctly be of Interest to America. 
The music Is less original, but still 
a few, of the tunes could be used, 
and If well doctored up it should get 
over nicely. 

Dolly Is a young baroness whose 
parents have been divorced In her 
early youth and who has, therefore, 
never known her father, us she has 
been entirely with her mother: As 
she comes to be 18 years old she 
has a desire to know her father and 
runs away from her parental homo 
to visit her father in his castle. But 
in the meantime the father has rent- 
ed his castle to Frank Norman, a 
young German-American. Dolly ap- 
pears and mistakes Norman for her 
father and he does not disturb the 
Illusion because he has taken a great 
fancy to her. At the end of the sec- 
ond act the real father appears and 
everything comes out, but, of course, 
Dolly 18 easily reconciled, and In the 
third act the two are set for the 
altar. Comedy is furnished by the 
part of Count Arlbert the 30th, who 
has lost his throne, but has not been 
deserted by his royal ballet, which 
appears In full force with him. 

The leading part Is well taken by 
Hilda Worner, and she is ably sec- 
onded by Qustel Werner as tho 
young American. Hans Junkerraann 
is amusing as Arlbert. The produc- 
tion in general Is well above the 
average and should have a good run. 


Paris, Nov. 23. 

M. Choisy, director of this little 
home of horrors, has offered his 
habitues another bill. His main at- 
traction is the two-act drama of 
Andre de I.ordc, "Un Drame a In 

We are Introduced to somn of the 
pillents In Ihe famous Paris hos- 
pital, Salpetriere. for hysterical and 
weak-minded patients under ob- 
servation by the medical profession. 
One poor creature has been badly 
operated on by a careless surgeon, 
with disastrous results. Conversa- 
tion attout various cases gives the 
necessary atmosphere and the sickly 
feeling leads up to a ppoiier ap- 
preciation of the play. There are 
many, apparently, who enjoy the 
(Su- theme of ghastly operations 

'zanne). There are several other The woman meets the doctor for- 


London, NoV, 28. 

Jacques Copeau reopened th« 
Theatre du Vieux Colombier re- 
cently with a novelty In the 
form of a four-act piece by Pierre 
Boat, entitled "L'Imbeclle." Th« 
work Is a bit misty with four roles, 
and the puzzle for the audience was 
to designate the biggest fool of ths 

A simple girl and a young puppy 
are much in love; they finish by 
getting married after the husband 
who gives the title to the comedy 
has proved himself a perfect asa. 

The couple confide their grler- 
ances to a mutual friend, who al- 
most gets Into hot water in his en- 
defivor to keep the others cool, 
whereby he should be the title roI«. 

Jacques Copeau reappears before 
his public In this latter part and 
was warmly received, with Remain 
Bouquet, Mmea. Lina Nora and 
Renee Oarcla. 

The bin Includes a French ver- 
sion of Carlo Goldonl's "La Locan- 
dlera" ("The Daughter of the Inn") 
by Mme. Darsenne, with Copeau as 
the knight, Albert Savry, Q. Vltra, 
Francois Vibcrt and Valentine Tes- 
tier In the title role. This French 
adaptation Is faithful to the author, 
but Its appearance at the Vieux 
Colombier (which deserves every en- 
couragement) comes a trifle too 
soon after the presentation of the 
same work here last month by the 
Russian troupe of the Moscow Art 
Theatre. JTi^ndretc^ 


London, Nov. 28. 

Dr. Mnrie Rtopes won notoriety 
if not fame by writing a book en- 
titled "Married Love"; she then 
wrote a picture-play with the same 
title, but Ihe authorities would have 
none of It. Her latest Idea is to 
spread her principles via the legit- 
imate stage, and she hns made a 
start in this direction with "Our 
Ostriches," produced at the Court, 
Nov. 14. 

Previously she had tried to get 
another ptfty past the Lord CTham- 
beriain with the title "M.irrled Love" 
but he, like the London County 
Council In the matter of the film, 
looked ask.Tnce at It. So she wrote 
the present one, which did get past. 

It Is merely birth control prop- 
aganda and has little v.ilue except 
to her followers. As a, play It Is 
crude and ahiateurish in construc- 
tion, practically a lecture in the 
mouth of a single char.tcter, and the 
authoress has taken good care thai 
(Continued on page 4() 

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Thursday, December 6, 1823 



19 I'-l 


Special Features Properly Handled Getting Big 
Money — Othors Without Showmen Direction 
Flopping on Road 

"ThU $2 picture thing Is Head, 
you can't get the public to pay It." 
That has b«en the allbl of a dis- 
tributing executive who Is In control 
of the production of a number of 
atars possibly better qualified to 
turn out what would be a J2 picture 
than any others In picture produc- 
InB, yet th#Be stars have been con- 
sistently unable to get themselves 
"out of tt:e barrel'' In Now York 
when they have attempted to put a 
picture over tor a run, with poBslbly 
one exiepliuii. The proof that has 
been ponrinK In from th ? road In 
the form of profit checks from 10 
"road companies of 'The Covered 
Wa«cvn' which wfiekly aeBregate ap- 
proximately 140.000 seems to Rive 
the contradiction to the al.ntemen: 
of the distiibutlnR executive. 

At the 'ome time there are two 
other pictures enjoying runs In N'ev. 
Tork not faring so well on the road 
One Is tlie I'niversal's "Th» Hun-ti- 
back" which h.os been at the Aslnr. 
New Turk, for some wefks, but 
which hns not done so well on the 
road, even in the larger key cities. 

The otlier is "Scaramouohe" which 
It far' far better on the road than 
I'niversal's picture. 

Pos!»lbly tho-e engaged to route 
and book the pictures were not en- 
tirely to l)lamo, perhaps they were 
the victims of oo much Inter .'e.ence 
on the part of picture men who be- 
lieve they are showmen. The play- 
ing or special features as road at- 
tractionf: is more or less a brand) 
of the business where specialization 
la a neces Ity. 

The figures of ;'The Covered 

Wagon," of which ti. . -^ no.v 10 

companies on lour in tiie Cnlted 
States and two In Cunada, show 
that there la still a lot of money for 
the $2 picture on the road, provid- 
ing the money Is gone after Intelli- 
gently. The companies that Para- 
mount have out In this country 
have been turning In a net profit 
of somewhere in the neighborhood 
of 140,000 weekly. The shows have 
been playing to an avernse of 
around tlO.OOO each, they ;i:ive been 
getting from 85 to 75 per cent of 
this grosf and have cost about $3,- 
60O each (i> operate. 

Meantime there have been two 
copies of the picture pla,yine In 
New York undj^is Angeles. In the 
latter city last «eek was the 34th 
and final week. The gross business 
there will easily average over $15.- 
000 weekly and Paramount will get 
labout $175,000 net profit out of the 
engagement. At the Criterion, New 
York, where the picture is now In 
its 40th week and where at the end 
of 12 additional weel<a It will have 
rounded out a year the average 
gross business will have been $10,500 
weekly against an operating over- 
head of $7,000 a v\eel:. The profit 
here for the picture will be about' 
$182,000. so tlvit Los Angeles and 
New York will turn in to Paramount 
about $350,000 on thin one picture 
which will be about $15,000 or $20.- 
000 more than li cost to produce. 

That makes the return from the 
road companies all velvet and Para- 
mount will have a net profit from 
the road alone of at least $1,250,000 
(Continued on pag# 30) 


Reorganization of Independ- 
ents' Business Practices — 
End of Fly-By-Nights 


Paramount Did Better at Strand— 


Try to Stimulate Independents Producing — Copy 
Plan in Vogue at Tilford Studios in New York — 
Four Studios Making Offers 

Organization of the state-rlghta 
faction of the picture business under 
the Hoy credit system will vir- 
tually mean a complete reorganlxa- 
tlon of that market. Mr. Hoy would, 
under his plan, organize the entire 
market, including producer, dis- 
tributor and exchange man. 

^he Btate-righters have heard 
that outstanding obligations, eon- 
ceded hopeless In moat cases, mu.<!t 
be met before the exchange under 
vuch an obligation can be admitted 
to the Hoy system. Failure to meet 
this obligation will practically shut 
oft that exciiang* from further 

It Is this particular phase of the 
Hoy system that Is puzzling ex- 
change men and pleasing pro- 
ducers and distributors, but par- 
ticularly the producer. The latter. 
In reply to complaints to his dis- 
tributor that money is not forth- 
coming fast enough or not at all. Is 
usually Informed that that condi- 
tion prevails not because of fault 
of his (distributor), but because ot 
the negligence of the exchange mair 

Hoy, through his organization of 
the laboratories and acceesory man- 
ufacturers, holds the upper hand 
over the Independents. It is under- 
stood that the credits of the lab- 
oratories and accessory makers will 
be systematized tinder this pro- 
posed sy.otematlzntion the s:ate- 
rlghter will be hardest hit. 

A majority of the exchanges may 
be forced out of business if com- 
pelled to meet obligations Aie 
months back. The current season. 
Instead of being the most' prosper- 
out Independents have had — as w^is 
at nrst believed- Is the most disas- 
trous financially. 

Hoy's plan will eliminate the lly- 
by-nlghts and the sure-thing ex- 
changee, as well as the dellber.i'( 
offenders of (he "note rule."^WI;li 
out the sanction of Hoy, none wil 
be able to obtain film, accessories: 
or service of any kind. 

Things are brewing right now In 
the state-rights market, for Hoy 
has stirred up a fuss tha like of 
which that faction of the picture 
business has never known. 

Omaha, Dec. B. 

With the assistance of the holblny 
buiflness on Thanksgiving day and 
considerable exploitation, the second 
of the Paramount test pictures. 
"His Children's Children," reached 
the $7,000 mark at the Strand. 

The Strand, which charges a top 
of 50 cents, seats only tSO, and 
$7,000 Is a very good week. 

The first Paramount test picture, 
Pola Negri's "Spanish I>ancer," did 
but $5,500 In the RIalto, which seats 
over twice as many as the Strand. 

As a result of the better showing 
at the Strand the Paramount people 
are switching their test pictures 
from the RIalto. originally chosen, 
to the Strand. Both theatres arc 
owned by A. H. Blank of Des 

I.iOs Angeles, Dec. S. 

There Is' an effort on the part of 
four of the studios here that cater 
to independent producers to stimu- 
late producetion on the part of the 
independents. The latest wrinkle is 
to guarantee their cost estimates 
on production. Seemingly to date it 
has not had the effect of drawing 
any great number ot Independents 
into starting new features. 

The "guaranteed estimate of cost" 
Idea is that the studio, after look- 
ing over a producer's estimate gives 
a figure on what they believe the 
picture will cost as far as the studio 
work Is concerned, and In the event 
that the picture should exceed the 
estimated cost the studios stand for 
the difference. That method was 
first put Into vogue at the Tilford 
studios In New York about two 
years ago. Out here, however, with 
"sucker money" usually jiva liable 
for i)i'0iluc tions that were not 
financed through the regular financ- 
ing channels, this form of guaran- 
teeing hns nut been necesB.xi;*- on thr 
coast, at least until the slum') which 
came along a few weeks aso with 
the closing of the Fiimous PiiiyMs- 
Lasky studios here. 

Punic yccm.s to have hit ail ot the 
IndependcniH to a great extent .ind 
(hey are lighting .shy of producing at 
this tim' tiii.l in an effort to en- 
cour.'iKc liiim 'i'ho.- II. liioc, the 
-United Hdidioti, the Hollywood 
Studios !\n(\ .iiie other plant, all 
slrongho'ds for Independent produc- 
tion, have come forth with the giiar- 
nntpp id. a. 

M. C. I.cvee. over a( the Pnited. 
!s out with a statement to the c! 
feet th.nt he lieliev(8 that the be- 
ginning of next year will see a re- 
vival of independent producing, also 
that he does not believe that tre- 

mendous production co.sis will hold 
sway in tho future and that the 
trend will be toward story values 
rather than tremendous sets and 
other scenic investures. This situa- 
tion will again make It possible for 
the smaller independents to com- 
pete with the bigger organizations. 

Be that as it may, one has to go 
out with a dark lantern to try to 
flnd any one who is talking produc- 
tion among the Independents, other 
than those that have the studios 
and they naturally are expected to 
try to build up the situation be- 
cause their plants He Idle unless the 
independent producer recovers his 
courage and starts making pictures 


Producers Reported Caught 

Short of Picture Material — 

Preparing to Stock Up 

I.os Angeles, Dec. S. 

The story market for pictures re- 
mains active despite the teitlporary 
suspension of producing by many. 

Producer.'^ are .said to be short of 
mining material. _ 

There Is a brisk d^mnrul fm- 
stories to be prepared and held f.n- 
the resumption of producing. 

Louise Dresttr In Goldwyn Film 
Louise Dresser is lo a|i|iear in 
"True As Steel," which lUipert 
Hughes is to direct for rinldwyn. 
She h.Ts been with (he ljask> com- 
pany for 14 months. 

CUTS TO 25 AND 10c 

Business Picks Up — Low Ad- 
mission Needed — Isis and 
Strand the Cutters 

Denver. Dec. 6. 

The troubles of two Denver Kox 
houses, the Isis and the Strand, 
seem to have been solved by the 
simple expedient of reducing admis- 
sions to 25 cents and 10 cents, re- 

The low-price policy has proven 
profitable, report says, and low ad- 
missions seem to be what were 
needed in Denver (o stimulate busi- 
ness — so far as the Fox intcroels 
were com'crned. at any rate. Pre- 
viously, as noted In Variety some 
time ago, the Isia had employed the 
most vacillating admission policy In 
the city, ranging from $5 cents up to 
EO cents, then to 40 cents, and finally 
down to 26 cents. 


Le Compte Operating Circuit 
on Cash Basis — Receivership 
Relieved Circuit of Contracts 

Chicago. Dec. (. 

Kvery the.itre In the Consoli- 
dated circuit Is paj ing Its own way 
and la-st w«ek exhibited a ca»h sur- 
plus when totals were drawn under 
the receivership, which has Fred L<a 
Compte as general manager. 

The naming of a receiver enabled 
the cancellation of film contracts 
where pictures had been bought at 
exorbitant prices or had lost their 
exhibition value. 

It is reported that Le Compts 
Is not only supervising tho pur- 
chase of pictures but having some- 
thing to say about the vaudevllls 

lj» Compte, who waa formerly ot 
Le Compte and Fieaher, had beon 
placed at Terrs Haute as houas 
manager some time t>efore the re- 
ceivership possibly with a view ot 
obtaining his services in this ca- 
pacity in the event that reveivM- 
Khip was deemed wise. 

Msrin With Liohtman 
Ned Marin this week resigned 
from Distinctive I'iclures to become 
a^Eis(ant to Al Llchlmun, LTnlver- 
sal's new general Kales manager. 

T. 0. C. C. BALL JAK. 24 

The annual ball of the Ttieati*" 
Owners' Chamber of Commerce ot 
Greater New Tork vrl'I be held at 
the Hotel Astor Jait. 24. The data 
was selected at (he meeting of tho 
organisation held on Tuesday at th* 

The committee has not at yet 
been named, but will be selected as 
soon, as Charles O'ltailly return* to 
New Tork later in the week, and 
announced at next week's meeting. 
The regular adnftmlon ot $10 will 
again prevail. 


North Adams. Mass., Dec. S. 

Announcement that within a few 
weelcB the Csntral LAbor Union ot 
this city would present pictures 
and other attractions at ths hlKh 
school auditorium at least thre« 
nights a week. 

The Bijou will reopen as a pic- 
ture home Jan. 1. 



Partial Return on Motion Picture 
Day for M.<P. T. O. A. 

Greater New Tork picture the- 
atres, numbering 21» out ot 264. 
which pledged to support National 
Motion Picture Day, contributed 
slightly under $8,000 to the Motion 
Picture Theatre Owners of Amer- 
ica: That was tBe announcement 
made at the weekly meeting of the 
T. O. C. C. on Tuesday at the Astor 

There are still <5 theatres to be 
heard from and they may possibly 
swell the entire return from Greater 
New Tork to $10,000. 

This Is proof that Sidney S. 
Cohen was quite right In his esti- 
mate of what the return from this 
pardciilar (errKory would be. in the 
face of the reports from over-zcal- 
ous supporters who stated that the 
amount would re.ach $20,000. 


Chicago, Dec. 5. 

The largest theatre north of the 
loop, with the excepdon of the ot.e 
planned on (he site of the former 
tireen Mill r.ardens, wilt be con- 
structed n( .Sheridan road and 
Devon. It will cost $2,300,000 and 
hare a sealing capacity in excea.s 
of 3.000. 

The owners arc Meyer S. and 
I.oiils L. Marks, who now operate 
the Orpheuni, Rroadway-Stratid 
and Marsbtleld on Roosevelt road 

O W. nn<l Gi-orge L. Kapp will 
lie ilie architeetR. 


Chicago. Doc. .S. 
After having the house umler 
Icjse for a long tl o, Bal.xbnn & 
K.ntz this \ei-k purchased (he 
RooseveK fr< i i Frank J. Oodsol. oT 
til" G'lldwyn CorporMtlon. The pri' e 
is said lo h'Mc been $1,926,000. 

Putting in Special Features for Run in Former 
Straight Picture Houses Unsuccessful — "Scara- 
mouch" and "Covered Wagan" Fail to Draw 


Toronto, I>»c. 6. 

The policy Inaugurated here about 
five weeks ago of placing special 
feature film productions in the Tl- 
voU, which was the big house here 
of the Allen Circuit, which was re- 
cently bought In by the Famous 
Players, does no( seem to be work- 
ing out Batlsfactorily. Two of the 
bigger pictur«s have tried the ex- 
periment so far. They are "Scara- 
mouch©," which got $19,000 in three 
weeks, and at present "Ths Cov- 
ered Wagon" to at the houss, tlve 
chances being thai it will not fare 
any better. The first week aJre^kr 
passed warn about on a par with 
the first week of the Metro pio- 
ture, wtYlch got about ((.OOO. The 
second week looks like It wtit go 
about $6,000, whrlch la about the 
same as Its predecessor did. 

Comment generally is that had 
these two productions been brought 
into the lefridmato Uvealrea hero, 
where there Is a clientele that la in 
the habit of paying $1.I>0 for seats 
to an attraction, the gross business 
for "Scaramouche" would have been 
on an average of $15,000 a week, 
while that for "Tho Covered 
Wagon" might have topped that a 

In Montreal, where the seme ex- 
periment is being tried. It Is also 
(Moving a decided flop, quite as de- 
cided a one as here. 

Reports that have come Into New 
York from a number of iwlnts where 
the two-a-day policy h;is been tried 
with pictures at $l.riO top In house* 
that have been playing a grind pol- 
icy at a popular admission scale, 
the same story wpins to be Indi- 
cated. In Minneapolis a » 
condition occurred with "Scara- 
mouche," and In I.,o« Angeles, at 
the California, wlierc "Little Old 

New Tork" held forth for several 
weeks to fairly good buslnemi be- 
ouuse of. extraordinary exploitation 
tlirough the Hearst controlled news- 
IMipera, a continuation of the policy 
with "In tho Palace of the King," 
without the publicity, proved to t>a 
a fiasco, and the house Is now back 
on ths regular grind scale. 

As against an established i>ollcy 
in a house, the grind house seems 
to be unable to build one up. Tet 
the pictures can go from a run In 
a legitimate house or a picture 
home that has a definitely estab- 
lished scale of $1.50 or $2 top, to a 
grind house and break records. 
That was proved by the fact that 
"Utile Old New Tork," at the Capi- 
tol, broke the two weeks' record 
there held by "Robin Hood," which 
came l-nto the house also from a 
legitimate run and established that 
record over "Pa«ilon," which was 
a straight picture house run. 

Al liichtman ot Universal, in 
charge of "Hunchback" bookings. Is 
proceeding to secure opinions from 
exhibitors whether they would prr- 
fer to exhibit the special at $1.65 
In preference to having It first show 
In a looat leg'lt house at that scale. 
Negotiations are on with some pic- 
ture hoists in the Northwest for 
the experiment, Llchtman holding 
out to them the advisability for (he 
purpose also of repeating the pic- 
ture at popular or the usual house 
scale of prices. 

The Criterion. Los Angeles, played 
"The Hunchback" week twice 
dally at $1.65, hut that house when 
(he Klni?ma liad a twli;e dally pol- 

If I/lchtman's plan goes through 
sutncieirtlf It will save U from or- 
ganizing road .'hows of the special 
with spfi'lal staffs, . 



■PUJTA ll» H". 4 '. V ■ :? 

Thursday, December 6, 1923 


Jackie Coogan Now Raging Over Germany — Six 
American Pictures Playing in Berlin's Legit 
Houses — German Prediction Comes True 


Berlin. Nov. 23. 
The German film world hoa at last 
deflnitely capitulated to the Ameri- 
can flim. At present six American 
Sims are playing: at leading Berlin 
picture theatres and all with excep- 
tional success, while the last Ger- 
man productions have been received 
cither coldly or with only mediocre 
box oflflce success. 

The success of Jackie Coogan's 
"My Boy" has been reported, but 
the public appeal was so large It 
Was removed from the little Mozart 
Saal, seating only 600, to the Nol- 
lendorfplatz, where formerly musi- 
cal comedy was given, and which 
•eats well over 1200. 

This success was not confined to 
Berlin alone, but Jackie is now the 
favorite of all Germany and wher- 
ever he now appears will mean a 
•old-out house. 

To capitalize on this popularity 
"The Kid" and Coogan's last film. 
"Circus Days," have come out si- 
multaneously and are playing In op- 
position to each other, "The Kid" 
at the Ufa, Nollendorf theater, and 
"Circus Days" lust opposite at the 
Mozart Saal. Bf th have big adver- 
tising displays and both seem to be 
helped r/ther than hurt by the com- 

At the big Nollendorfplatz Operet- 
tentheater the excellent Paramount 
film "Saturday Night" is drawing 

Other American films which lately 
have been successful here include 
von Strohhelm's "Foolish Wives." 
"The Sign on the Door," and Allan 
Molubar's fllm titled here "Taifun" 
<in America something like "John- 
WB'B Girl.") 

bxpansive Gsrmana Flop. 
Of the German Alms lately pro- 
duced t^^ very expensive ones were 
downright flops — namely, "The Mer- 
chant of Venice," with Werner 
Krauss in the title part, and "Das 
alte Gesetz" ("The Old Law"), a 
story about the Vienna Ghetto. "Al- 

les fuer Geld") ("All for Money"), 
the latest Emil Jennines tllm, will 
only make Rood on account of the 
personal popularity of the star here 
in Germany, and the Joe May film. 
"Tragoedie der Llcbe" ("Tragedies 
of Love"), in two six-reel divisions, 
made under the Famous Players re- 
gime of the Efa some two years ago. 
It might have been good had it been 
about one-half of its present length 
and is quite impossible for interna- 
tional consumption because - Mia 
May. the wife of the director, plays 
the leading part and looks like what 
she is, a woman in the 40s. 

All of which only goes to prove 
the Justness of the accusation made 
hero for years by American and 
German critics, among whom must 
be specially mentioned Gustav Kau- 
der, editor of the Influential B. Z. 
?*n Mittag, the accusation that the 
German releasing organizations did 
not bring out American Alms which 
they had bought because they were 
afraid that the competition would 
kill the German film. From now on 
the German manufacturer will have 
to begin producing quality Instead 
of quantity. 

Employment Condition and 

Recommendations — Foreign 

Unfairness Cited 



Bob Dexter, who succeeded C. L. 
Yearsley cs director of publicity 
and advertising for First National 
last summer, is Ic.iving pictures fiat 
Jan. 1 to devote himself to writing 
for magazines. 

Dexter, who is an Australian, has 
been one of the real geniuses of 
publicity ever since he was Imported 
from there by Yearsley and J. D. 
Wiliiains, with whom he was asso- 
ciated in Sydney. 

Though only about 27 years old, 
Dexter has been recognized for sev- 
eral ye— s as a fiction writer and 
his stories, many of them adventure 
tales of the South, , have found 
ready market. 

No successor has been appointed. 


Neither Side Will Discuss Subject — American So- 
ciety Has Agreement with Some State Units of 

Variety - Clipper Bureau, 
Evans BIdg., Washington, 
December 6. 
Secretary Herbert Hoover of the 
Department of Commerce, in his an- 
nual" report Issued yesterday, states 
that there has been a complete re- 
covery from the business slump In 
1921 during the fiscal year ending 
June 80, 1923. Mr. Hoover's Sut- 
look for a continuance of prosperity 
throughout the couTrtry is seemingly 
bright. In several portions of his 
report he refers particularly to the 
motlQn picture industry. 

As an Instance, the foreign trade 
of the United States, compared with 
that of other countries, is In a fa- 
vorable condition; accurate figures 
of exports of films have been main- 
tained and, although the secretary 
has not Incorporated the statement 
in his report, it is said at the de- 
partment that the demand for films 
throughout the world is a barometer 
of business conditions. 

The secretary has taken particu- 
lar pains to go Into the employment 
\ situation and has pointed out that 
he has made certain recommenda- 
tions for the controlling of extremes. 
That these recommendations have 
a direct bearing on the theatres Is 
apparent, for good times mean good 
times for the theatres of the coun- 
try, and continuous employment 
means good times. 

Under the direction of Henry H. 
Morse, chief of the Specialties Divi- 
sion, much data of assistance to the 
motion picture industry has been 
compiled. A questionnaire was sent 
out regarding the character of 
American films abroad. Mr. Morse 
states further that there been 
much active co-operation with trade 
associations, among these being 
many motion picture producers and 
distributors. Many picture pro- 
ducers have addressed specific in- 
quiries to the division, and from let- 
ters on file in the department It is 
shown that aid of inestimable value 
has been given them. 

There is another division that has 
proven of great value to the picture 
people In their entrance into for- 
eign markets. This is the Com- 
mercial Intelligence Division. There 
is on file In this division lints of 
picture houses and their capacities 
and the facilities for the presenta- 
tion of plctures^or practically every 
country - in the world. 

The department also Issues con- 
fldential reports on foreign con- 
cerns resorting to unfair practices 
to trade organizations, banks and 
business houses that the division 
feels expedient to notify. 

The music tax problem is no 
nearer a solution today than it was 
last September, ■for this week all 
negotiations between the M.PT.O.A. 
and the .Society of Composers, Au- 
th'^^R nnd Publishers wore broken 
••■ '^'•'fl much was contlrmrd by 
J. C. Hi. cnthal, general manager of' 
the society. 

Just what the next move is has 
not been determined in so far as the 
exhil)itor organization is concerned. 
No stiitimcnt or comment was 
available at Sydnojr S. Cohen's of- 
fices. The society has sent out cir- 
culars to theatre owners urging 
them to purhasp llrenRCs from the 
org.Tnlzatlon. Rosenthal explained 
that, after a certain period, the 
society would, as before, in.^titute 
suit aeainst violators. 

While nesotiations with the na- 
tlnn-'i oPKaiiization have been 
■ (iL'ht to an end, the society has 
not given up hope of settling the 
question with state units of ex- 
hibitors. Already agrctiuenls have 
been made with the thenlre owner.-! 

• of Minnesota, Miohigan, North Caro- 
Mna and Virginia. Illinois. Wiscon- 
Mn and Califcrnla arc now carrying 
m negotiations with the society, too, 
and some sort of an agreement is 
expected to be reached within the 
next fortnight. 

That all was not running smoothly 
between the two factions was evi- 

^•nt last month when the M.P.T-O.A. 

uflicIalM issued a statement charg- 
ing the society with bad faith. That 
statement followed a postponement 
of a meeting of the two bodies. 

Exactly what obstacles injected 
■themselves into the negotiations 
could not be ascert.Tined from either 
side. The decision to negotiate 
some sort of an agreement on the 
muslo tax question was reached 
early in September. At that time 
it agreed between the two or- 
ganizations that the society was to 
stop all suits for damages against 
exhibitors charged with having vio- 
lated thu tax law. 

This action was interpreted In 
exhibitor circles as meaning 
some sort of sntisf.ictory arrange- 
ment between the two had b^n ef- 
fected and that it was only a ques- 
tion of time when the details would 
be actually announced. That was 
on Septemljer 5. A meeting of com- 
mittees representative of the so- 
ciety and M.I'.T.O.A. was slatfd for 
September 8. but never held. At 
that time it was «Ald that the 
"meeting had been merely post- 
poned,' but, so far as is known, no 
nieetlnKs have been held since Sep- 
tember 5. 

K. C. Mills, special advisor for the 
society, who succeeded in getting 
the exhibitor leaders to consent to 
a confercnee, also confirmed the re- 
port that negotiations had ended 
but other than that he would say 


Helen* Chadwick Wants to Restrain 
Qoldwyn from Preventing 
Her Getting Work 

Los Angeles, Dec. S. 

Judge Keech, in the Superior 
Court yesterday, took under advise- 
ment a motion for a new trial in 
the case of Helene Chadwick against 
the Goldwyn Corp. The actress is 
seeking to enjoin the production 
company from alleged Interference 
with her obtaining employment with 
other firms. 

She alleges that her contract with 
Goldwyn Is Invalid, but that she is 
unable to work for other producliig 
organizations because of efforts of 
the Goldwyn organization through 
the Motion Pictiere Producers' As- 

Originally, judgment in the c.i.«ie 
was found for the defend.ant.-*, who 
contended in a cross complaint 
Miss Chadwick had entered Into a 
contract with them that gave them 
an option on her services until No- 
vember, 1924. 

Agitation Started by Wotnen Be- 
fore Minister* 

Indianapolis, Dec. 5. 

Censorship rumblings In Indiana 
again, with the next legislative ses- 
sion more than a year away! 

Mrs. Martha Gipe. speaking for 
the W. C. |T. v.. before' a meeting 
of MethndlBt ministers of Indian- 
apolis, urged support of the union 
in a movement to get a censorship 
law passed by the next General 

The preachers, so far as is known, 
took no definite action upon this 
proposal, but they did adopt resolu- 
tions outlining a propaganda pro- 
gram against Sunday amusements. 

The program calls for requesting 
churches of the whole state of In- 
diana to hold a service January 6 
or January 13, 1924, "for the 
strengthening of sentiment and 
conduct In remembering the Sab- 
bath day to keep it holy; to re- 
quest church members to sign 
pledges not to patronize any sport- 
ing or theatrical affair on Sunday 
when the commercial interest is 

^ / 


Griffith Picture Never Exhibit- 
ed in That State Needs' 

Only Approval Signed 

Kaneas City, Dec. 5. 

After being barred from Kansas 
for the past 10 years, the Indica- 
tions are that the "Birth of a Na- 
tion" will be granted a showing In 
the Sunflower state. 

The flhn was submitted <o the 
Kansas board of censors by C. W. 
Stater, of Oklahoma City, who 
claims the exclusive Kansas rights 
to exhibit the picture. 

The film was passed wHh a few 
minor cuts by the board, although 
the offlciai card of approval was not 
signed at the meeting. 

The picture has had a checkered 
career in Kansas, or rather in trying 
to break Into the state. It has been 
barred by two administrations, those 
of Governors Capper and Alien; but 
It Is understood that present Gov- 
ernor Davis desires the board's ap- 
proval of It. 


$5,000,000 Corporatibn, Tak- 
ing in Seven Theatres-^* 
One Building 

The Small Theatrical Enterprises 
of Brooklyn and the Strausberg Cir- 
cuit have merged Into a }3.000,00(t 
corporation to be known as the 
Small, Strausberg Circuit, Inc. 

The consolidation gives the or- 
ganization the control of six thea- 
tres In Brooklyn and a seventh now 
being built at Dean street ~«n<l 
Fourth avenue, Brooklyn. This 
house will have a seating capacity 
of 2.000 and Is expected to open in 
the fall of 1924. Ground was broken 
two weeks ago. 

The Small Interests controlled th» 
Republic, seating 500; Marcy, 1,000, 
and Williamsburg, 750; while the 
Strausberg people operated the 
State, DeKaib and Franklin ave- 
nues, having 1,850 seats; Kismet, 
with the same amount, located at 
DeKaib and Troop avenues. In ad- 
dition to the Sumner theatre, at 
Quincy street and Sumner avenue, 
with a capacity of 1,600. 

All of the theatres play a picture 
policy with the exception of the 
Republic, which plays five acts, be- 
ing booked by Fally Markus. 

No change in the managennent of 
any of the houses was made and tha 
policy of each will remain the same, 
S. S. Solomon Is looking over ail six 

The ofilcers of the Small, Straus- 
berg Circuit, Inc., are William SmalU 
president; Samuel Strausberg, vice- 
president; Henry Rosenberg, treas- 
urer, and Samuel Small, secretary, 
August Small and Louis Cohen ar» 
on the advisory board. 


Charles Rogers and Charles C. 
Burr are no longer partners, the 
partnership effected six weeks ago 
having been dissolved this week. 
Rogers returned from the Coast last 
week. His Interests In the Corrinne 
Griffith and Harry Carey enter- 
prises, he says, require all his time,. 

Washington, D. C , Dec. <!. 
Harry Crandall is offering stocU 
to the public for two new pictur» 

One Is the Ambassador, successor 
to the Ill-fated Knickerbocker, the 
other is the Tivoll on 14th street, 
northwest. In course of construction,. 


Premiere at Egyptian, Hollywood- 
000 Reported Cost 

-Looks $2,000,4 


Charles Ray, the screen star. Is 
being sued by Dwight Doolittic, An- 
nette Westbury and George M. 
Scarborough, the plixywright, In the 
New Tork Supreme Court for an 
unknown causes 

Iios Angeles, Dec. 6. 

Graumnn'B Kgj-ptlan Hollywood, 
although more than a year old, cele- 
brated its third picture presentation 
last night with the world premiere 
of Cecil C. DeMllle's "Ten Com- 
mandments." An auspicious picture 
gathering attended the premier con- 
sisting chiefly 'of stars, directors and 
the cast of the picture. 

Sid Grauman's presentation is the 
talk of the town. The prolog en- 
titled "Night In Pharaoh's Place," 
surpasses in effectiveness and real- even the colorful Indian pageant 
of "The Covered Wagon." One hun- 
dred participate in it. 

"The Ten Commandments," said 
to have cost $2,000,000 to produce 
(prob.ably exaggerated) looks the 
money. DeMiile has never done 
anything more pretentious. The 
massive sets, kaleidoscopic scenes 
and bewildering costumes amazed 
the audience which comprised one 
of the most brilliant openings ever 
given in this city where dazzling 
premieres are common. 

Some may criticize the Biblical 
nature of the story written and 
adapted by Jcanie MacPherson with 
a staff of research experts at her 
command, but It Is doubtful if a 
serious flaw can be found. 

The director's and author's sin- 
cerity cannot be questioned. The 
picture Is In 11 reels and engrossing 
until the final flicker. No produc- 
, ; tlon was ever given the lavisbness 

or appealed more to the finer in-- 

• While DeMllle has not stressed so' 
strongly on perfumed bath tubs and 
slush sexism, there Is still enough 
of his favorite stuff to stomp the' 
DeMiile trade mark on it. It !• 
difficult to count the cast which' 
must Include several thousand, 
mostly girls garbed In eye-entlcing 
raiment of early Egyptian days. 

The scene most apt to hit the 
fancy of the proletariat Is a Bac- 
chanalian revel 'wherein scantily 
clad damsels dance in a wild orgy. 
It is impressive and has a keen ap- 
peal to the ?ye. 

Outstanding among the players 
are L^trice Joy, Charles DeRiche, 
Nita Naldl, Richard Dftc, Theodore' 
Roberts, Agnes Ayres, Robert Ede- 
son and Julia Faye. Others include 
Rod LaRoque. Estclle Taylor, Edythe 
Champan, James Neiil. 

The production was unanimously 
voted the biggest thing put out by 


Dolores Cassinelll, picture star, 
has been routed for an extensive 
tour of fllm houses for personal ap- 
pearances. Miss Casainelli was an 
opera singer before entering Alms 
and will offer a vocal turn as well 
as the usual relating of "experiences 
In the studios." She starts at tM 
Lafayette square, Buffalo, Dec. SI. 

Thursday, December 6, IMS 


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11 Broadway Houses with Pictures Pull $214,643 
Gross for Holiday Week— "Mailman" Lowest 
with $4,800, Bad Even for Cameo 


"Covered Wagon" Smothers 

Rest of Denver— "Little Old 

New York" Off 

Tor the flrat time within more 
«ian a year the Strand last week 
topped the gross receipts of the 

?»pltol. The Strand with- "KlamlnB 
outh," seating 2.900. did M9.13S.65 
<^a the week, as against the Capitol 
with "The Day of Faith," seating 
•,|00. getting t*>4.000. 
' liaat week, with the Thanksgiving 
AolldaV. proved a" big business week 
on Broadway. The 11 hoime". 
<Sountlng straight picture theatre." 
•a well as the legitimate bouse.-' 
flaying films, did a gross busine-'^ 
of 1214643. 

The lowest gross on the sire"! 
went to the KBO attraction. "The 
Mailmnn." at the little Cameo the- 
atre, whiph drew $4,800. even thoug'h 
a terrific campaign was put behind 
the feature both as to pointing cards 
and local rtewspaper Pdvertl.'slng 
and in addition a hand In front of 
(he tiotipc. This, Ijuslnesn Is low 
though, oonsfi'erlng that Ihii hotme 
baa a limited seating cnnncity. 

Botirtho HIvoli and Rialta topped 
the $30,000 mark In gross business, 
while anionit the special feature at- 
tractions In legitimate hou«es 
'«cnrimoii<he" proved to be the 
leader, r^'tlng $18,981. ivliile "The 
Huncb>-ic' ■• at the Ajitor foIlowc>d 
with $17,500, while "The White 
Sister" nt the Lyric pulled fl>1.181 
on the week, getting third money. 
t'p at the Cosmopolitan, where 
"Under the Red Robe" nyas the at- 
traction, th'e gross was just under 
$10,000. The Central with "This 
Freedom" failed to hit any Ktartllng 
gait, allhuugh a strong ncwsjiiper 
campaign was undertaken for the 

On the strength of the bu.siness 
.that "Flaming Youth" did at the 
Strahd. the picture was held over, 
With the second Sunday opening 
with greater strength than the first 
■howed. Whether this Is going to 
bold for the balance of the week is 
a'questlon, although the Indications 
up to Wednesday were that It would 
Ibave another record week. The 
jazzy prolog that Joe Plunkett 
staged for the week In company 
with the picture also seemed to have 
th« effect of pulling at the box office. 
It was a distinct novelty for a 
Broadnvay pictur* house. 

"To the Ladies" and "The Ligltt 
That Failed," which were the at- 
tractions at the Rlvoll and Rialto, 
respectively, passed with the end of 
the week to make room for "Tiger 
Rose" and "L>ong Live the King," 
the precedent of switching the plct- 
tire that was the attraction at tbe 
SUvoli to the Rialto being passed up 
this week in favor of an outside 

At the Criterion "The Covered 
,Wagon" finished Its 39th week with 
ia gross of $11,786, which meant that 
the net showed around $10,700, 
Which Is above the average of $10,- 
BOO. which is sot for the house to 
do on the year with this picture. 
Ettimatst for Week 

Attor — "The Hunchback of Notre 
Dame" (Universal) {1,131; $2). Got 
$17,600 week, dropping oft again 
this week. 

Cameo— "The Mailman" (F. B. O.) 
(549; 55-85). With heavy advertis- 
ing campaign, failed to hit. Got 
$4,800 on the week. 

Capitol — "The Day of Falth'l 
(Ooldwyn) (5,300; 55-$1.65). Pic- 
ture proved to be second money 
getter of street, pulltivt gross of 
,144,000. T'nusual, for CH|)itol usu- 
ally hits the top Broadway gross. 
Ijast week it fell about $5,000 be- 
hind the Strand for the first time In 
a year. 

Central— "This Freedom" (Fox) 
(960; 55-75-99). With strong ad- 
vertising campaign In the newspa- 
pers in effort to put this one over 
got in the neighborhood of $5,900 on 

"Cosmopolitan — "Under the Red 
Robe" (tJoldwyn - Co.smopolitan) 
(1,162; $1.50). Flaying bcnellts on 
the off afternoons and through this 
swelling the general gioM-S, Little 
less than $10,000 Inst week. 

Criterion — "The Covered Wagon" 
(Paramount) (608; $1.50). Flayed 
to a get of about $10,700 week, 
the gross coing to $11,786. This is 
the 39tli week of the picture, which 
will remain for a solid year and 
show an average business of at least 
$10,500 weilily, 

44lh Street— "Sraramonclir" (M'.^t- 
ro> tl.:!2;i: $l.5u». Fulled a ;;o(,d 
week wiih tlie holiday lam v><-k. 
gelling $IS.!)S1. There are ri'P"rts 
that there arr some special tickets 
out for tile allniciiuii, biit tills i^ 
denied by llip n^inn^'i'mriit. 

Lyrie -"Till" White SIsl.r" (In- 
spiration) (1, 131; $1.50). (lot $11.- 
181 last week. Will stick for n few 
additional necks. 

Rialto— ■"I'he Light Thai Failed" 
(I'.irnmouiit) (1.960; ll» S.'i DH) 
Business here la -t week went to 

SENT GROSS TO $16,000 

$16,700 at Belasco — "Miles 

Standish" Opens at 


^ Washington, Dec. 5. 

Three outstanding bits of exploi- 
tation put across here during the 
past week that for the scope covered 
and the general manner of the lie- 
ups with the local dailies places 
them among the best work done in 
the capital along these lines. 

The Coogan film drew equally 
with the special showing of "The 
Hunchback" and the second week of 
"Little Old New York." 

Rstlmates for last week: 

Belasco— (1.475; $1.50). "Hunch- 
back." Due to special exploitation 
and holiday, total reached alwut 

Rislto— <1.908; 65-75). "Little Old 
New York" (Cosmopolitan). Second 
Week held to easy $16,500. On final 
count last week found picture did 
not break record of "The Sheik." 

Columbia— (1,200; 35-55). Jackie 
Coogan in "Long Live the King" 
('Metri)). With smaller canacity 
house and lower scale hit $16,500. 

Palace— (2,500; 35-55-75). Busier 
Keaton in "Our Hospitality." Buck- 
ing opposition this second full length 
comedy of Keaton's got around 

President— (l.fiC2; $1.50). Charles 
Ray In "The Courtship of Miles 
Standish." Reported around $13.- 
000. but due to late start deemed fair 
to set gross at around $10,000. 

Metropolitan — (1,800; 35-55-75), 
Holhrook Bllnn In "The Bad Man." 
Trailing along with about $9,000. 


Martha Mansfield, the picture star 
who was fatally burned while work- 
ing on a picture Elmer Clifton was 
directing for Fox In Texas last 
week, was burled at Woodlawn 
cemetery Tuesday afternoon, fol- 
lowing services at the Campbell 
Funeral Church. Some 300 rela- 
tives and friends of the star at- 
tended. Rev. Dr. Christian Relsner 
of the Chelsea Methodist church, 
conducted the services. 

Among tliose who attended' the 
funeral, In addition to the mother, 
aieter, brother and relatives of the 
deceased, were Flo Leeds, who sei^t 
a beautiful offering of roses; Sam 
Ooldwyn, George Fitzi aurl.i-, Anita 
Stewart, Betty Compson, Gloria 
Swanson, Maurice Costello, David 
Selznick, Kvan Burrows Fontaine, 
and members of the "Follies" 
chorus from which JIi_^.s Slan.-tield 
had graduated. 

The pall bearers included Sam 
Goldwyn, Alfred Cheney Johnson 
David Selz.nirk, Edmund Gouldlng, 
S. H. tieaman and Glenn Fuller. 

Mias Mansfield is survived by her 
mother, sister and a brother. 


Denver, Dec. 5. 

"The Covered Wagon" appears to 
have hogged everything in sight In 
Denver last week, and at the clooe 
was still going strong enougti for a 
good advance on the third week. 
Business was not up to. that of the 
Initial seven days, but grossed' what 
ordlnorl'liy would be called "swell." 
Other picture houses, some of which 
had feature attractions, felt the pull 
at the Broadway, with the result that 
everybody reported an olf week. 

The America (BIshop-Cass) tried 
raising its prices to SO cents top for 
"Little Old New York," wlilch pulled 
only moderately dt^pite exeeMent re- 
views by local critics. Lionel Barry - 
more at the Colorado (Bishop-Cass) 
received some good mouth-to-mouth 
advertising, but the gross was re- 
ported considerably off. 

With the pressure of "The Covered 
Wagon" iw-hertuilied for still another 
week, poor business Is pessimistical- 
ly anticipated by house managers. 

Last week's estinvates: 

Broadway (legit; 1,560; $1.50), 
"The Covered Wagon,", wltb special 
orchestra, did fuHy four-fifths as 
well as the first week, grossing close 
to $13,500 

Rialto (Paramount) (1,050; 60). 
Douglas Fairt>anks. Jr., in "Stephen 
Stei)e Out," and Bennie Alexander 
In comedy, "Yankee Spirit." Card 
proved considerable of dinappolnt- 
ment at box office. Grossed $4,850. 

Princess (Paramount) (1,250; 40). 
Jackie Coogan in "Long Live tbe 
King." Business rather better than 
fair, but not good enough to hold 
over About $6,400. 

Colorado (Bishop-Cass) (2,477; SO). 
Lionel Barrymore and Seena Owen 
In "Unseeing Eyes"; Our Gang com- 
edy, "No NolFe." Around $7,100. 

America (Bishop-Cass). Prices 
(this engagement only) nights, 60c. 
Marlon Davles In "Little Old New 
York." Draw fell off. Around $4,175. 

Isis (Fox) (26c. matinee and 
night). "Hell's Hoile" first four days, 
"Times Have Changed," last three. 
Close to $4,900. 

'White Sister" at Hoodoo Great Northern Did $9,000 
Last Week— Chicago Got $41,000— McVickers^ 


Thanksgiving Hit by Snow 

Storm In K. C— "Scara- 

mouct»e" Worst Flop Ever 


Against Music Tax, but for 

Repeal of Admission 


Eileen Sedgwick Burned 

Los Angeles, Dec. S. 
While working at Universal City 
under direction of her brother, 
Eileen Sedgwick was seriously 
burned. I..ateest reports are that 
she will recover. 

$21,969. but the picture did not hold 
over for a second week, malting way 
for Jackie Coogan's "Long Live the 

Rivoli — "To the Ladie.s" (rnra- 
raount) (2,200; 60-85-99). The gross 
here last week went to $20.0SH. The 
picture did not move from this house 
to the Ki.ilto for a second week on 
Hro.'idway, which is the u.-uul cu.s ■ 

Strand — "riamiiig Youth" (First 
N.itional) (2.900: 35-55->;n(. For 
Hr-.-'t time In ahoiit a >-enr tli!< Imiiyc 
last week topped llroailway. it l.s a 
'lis'tiii"t achievement wiiic li must be 
creilited to the pirtmc .is mucli as 
•anything el.-e. alth(4U>;h .loc I'lun- 
Ucti K.'iv" l!i-'ciilway its fir.^it t.'iHtc 
of a ja/.zy prolog that .spciiied to hil 
audiences light betwiTii the eye-'. 
The cross at this hr.ii.-ie $1'.!.- 
i;ts.65. which topped the Mk C.ii.llol 
l.y .Tbout $r..nOO on tlie wi i-k. I'ic- 

Oklahoma City, Dec. 5. . 

The Oklahoma Managers' and 
Exhibitors' Association, comprising 
leading picture men of the state, 
closed a two-day session here last 
night with the largest attendance 
on record for an annual convention. 
Ralph Talbot, the president, was 
unable to attend and Morris Lowen- 
steln, vice-president, swung the 

A new constitution, by-laws and 
code of ethics were adopted. The 
convention went on record in favor 
of slide for the national and serv- 
ice associations. 

Resolutions were adopted re- 
questing Senators and Congressmen 
from Oklahoma to vot« for repeat of 
the tax on theatre^dmissionn and 
also for the repeal of the music 

L. W. Brnphy, of Muskogee, gave 
an Instructive talk on the Mellon 
tax plan In general and Its appli- 
cation to the picture business. The 
cost, he pointed out, a burden 
on both exhibitors and public. 

The association adopted a reso- 
lution condemning the rental of 
pictures to non-thcatrijfal iiw*titu- 
tions to be shown for profit. 

Addresses were made by S. A. 
Handy, a Kansas attorney, on the 
music tax; !>. J, Lally, of Kansas 
City, on reciprocal insurance as a 
saving proposilion, and Tom U.van, 
representing the Film Board Ail- 
ju.stiiig Bureau. 

A motion w.ts enrried to provide 
investii;atlon of reciprocal Insur- 
ance with a view f)f adopting It, 

The following olTlcerH were re- 
elected: Ralph Tlbot, TuI.s.t. presi- 
dent; Morri.s l;owcnstein. Oklahom.a 
I t'il.y, vicc-prcsiilent; L. VV. Cio|,hy. 
Mits k ogne, secretary; Harry Brit- 
ton. .Norman, treasurer. The execu- 
tive cfimniilteo Is made up of .h)\\n 
Feei:ev. of Hcnryetta, Vn.: Frc<] 
I'ickcicI, F.m.-a Clly; A. B. M(>- 
iiiaial. .'Sliawneo; J. H. MoiiMcr. 
I .S.MiuIpa, and Bill Smilli, Tulsa, 

The convention ndjoiirrcd last 
iiitrlit with a banquf-t aud ball. The 

Kansas City, Dec. S. 

The three weeks of "Scaramouche" 
ended at the Shubert-Missouri 
Saturday and ran true to predic- 
tions, the m>rst fiop ever made b) 
a feature picture In the city. Only 
one picture, In a regular theatre, at 
advanced prices, ever made the 
grade here. That was "Covered 
Wagon," at the Shubert early In the 
seas<tn, and Its sucoeas was credited 
to the local angles of the scenes and 
the local tie-ups and clever n)ubllc- 
Ity and personal work engineered 
by Ray Whlttaker. 

On the street two of the leading 
houses, the Liberty and the New- 
man, featured Claire Windsor on the 
sheet. Both houses gave additional 
entertainment In the way of revues 
and broadcasting stunts. 

The Thanksgiving day receipts 
were badly 8l»ot by a, severe' snow 
storm. "Little Old New York,' 
heavily advertised and strongly rec- 
ommended by the critics, failed to 
show much strength the early part 
but built strongfy the last three 
days, and was "held over for the sec- 
ond week. 

The Malnstreet and the Pantages, 
popular-priced vaudeville houses, 
aro continuing th(?lr policy of fea- 
turing their pictures and are carry- 
ing extra advertising on the picture 
pages of the dallies, proclaiming 
their wares. 

liast week's estimates: 

Newman — "The Eternal Three" 
(Goldwyn) (1,980; 65-75c.). -Cl.Tlrc 
Windsor. Elaborate Thanksgiving 
revue. In addition to feature made 
show mon^y one from cost side. 
Business not so good at start, grew 
better later part clicking around 

Royal— "Little Old New York" 
(Goldwyn) (890; 60-76c.). Thought 
capacity would be report for every 
performance , but customers slow In 
getting started. Business bullded 
toward end of week and picture held 
over, ground $6,500. 

Liberty — "The Acquittal" (Uni- 
versal), (1.000), Claire Windsor. 
Like most of other houses did not 
start encouragingly. Results far 
from expectations. Radio revue 
novelty, with nmateur.a given oppor- 
tunity to perform before microphone 
added some Interest. Close to $4,500. 

Shubert-Missouri — "Scaramouche" 
(Metro), (1,400; $1), Third week. 
Business failed to show any Increase 
takings very low. House closed. 

Twelfth St. — "April Showers" 
(Preferred Pictures) (1,100). Nothing 
out of ordinary, "grind" just about 
the average, around $1,800, 

Opposition first runs — "Three 
Aces." Pant.iges; "Bell Boy 13' and 
"Children of Dust," Globe; "Lights 
Out," Mainstrcet. 


"Scaramouche" Toppled Off 

at Reopened Pershing 

in St. Louis 

lire held over for secfmd wi cU ami 

opened Sunday to greater gross Uim I'tt meeting will be held here in 

its lirsi .Sun.l.iy. ] December, 1934. 

St. IxiuiR, Dec. K. 

The Si;ouras Brothers iuive re- 
opened the Pershing, The policy 
will be feature pictures at advaiiccl 

"Scaramouche" opened $1.50 top, 
an uniiBual price for this city. First 
week did excellent business, second 
droiipcd, and the third (the open- 
ing of the third) it Is hard to figure 
how they cm break even. 

Chicago, Dec. 5. 

The business done 6y "The Hunch- 
back" last week at the Harris 
cinches its success In Chicago. Ita 
stay Is limited to seven weeks under 
the booking system. "The Whit* 
Sister" Is drawing at the undeslr> 
able location of the Oraat Northern, 
and "Scaramouche" continues tb do 
a good business at the Woods. 

Kstlmatea for lost Week; 

Chieaoo— "Pleaaur* Mad" (First 
National), with usual extra features 
on program (4,400, SO), attracted 
around $41,000. 

MeVickers — "The Light That 
Failed" (Paramount), with '"Thlrtr 
Minutes in Our Broadcasting Sta- 
tion" (presentation), which included 
Paul Plese's excellent Ijind ($,$00, 
66), registered about $St,SOa. 

Roossvelt— "Little Old New York" 
(Cosmopolitan) rounded out Iwt 
week il.iSt, E5), granting ovar 
>1 4,000. 

Harris — "The Hunchback of Notra- 
Dame" (Universal) played to oa- 
paclty every olght and good after- 
noon business (977, $1.S0), $11,500. 

Qrsat Northerrf— "The White Sis- 
ter" (Ducll) maintained pace of th«' 
previous week ($$,600), and went lit-'"- 
tie above $9,000. 

Woods — "Scaramouche" (Metro- 
Ingram) spacing along at about 
same figure (1,160, $1.50), reaching 

Monroe — "North of Hudson Bay" 
(Fox) did not please (W7, 40); gross, 
reached only about $4,000. 

Randolph — "Richard th» Don*- 
Hearted" (Universal), second weeki- 
(886, 50), about $4,000. 

Orpheum — Mary Plckford In "Ro- 
slta" (Grifflth), first month (7»»,40), 
reaching $8,400. 

This Wsek 

Chicago has "Anria Chrlstle-j, 
McVlokers, "Stephen Steps Out";: 
Roosevelt, "Why Worry?" Orpheum. 
"RoslHi," fifth week; Monro*, "You' 
Cant Get Away With It"; Randolph, 
"Country Kid"; Woods, "Scara- 
mouche," 10th week; State-Lake, 
"Slave of Desire," with vaudsvllle; 
Rialto, "Call of ths Wild." with 

In outlying theatres "Six Cylinder- 
Love," Woodlawn, Stratford and 
Pantheon, Bn<l "The Gold Diggers," 
Tlvoll and Riviera. "On the Banks' 
of the Wabash" opened the week at 
Chateau, with vaudeville. 


Appeals Court of D.C. Declares 

Indictment Fails to Establish 

Criminal Negligence 


Monday found many Indcpcmienl 
exciianKcnitn from various parls of 
the country in .\ew York. 

Amoii;; tlieni were Arthur r'oh-in 
.and Phil Kaufman of Toronto; Lou 
Bu'-nrin. B'li Amstcrilam anrl (icnc 
Marcus of Plillulelnhi.i; W. I) 
.Shapiro. H any i-'e^;al and (le<,ii;c 
Kcckc of Mtisiiiti; ol'lktmn- c:' 
Atlint.i, and V\', U. iiideiwood of 

Washington, Dec. S. 

In alfirniing the decision of Juslico 
.SHddons of the District Supreme 
Court, the District Court of Appe.ils 
has exonerated Reginald W, Ge.ire, 
architect of the Knickerbocker The- " 
aire building; John H, Ford, fabri- r- 
cntor of the iron work; Julian R, '.. 
Downman, assistant building Inspec- 
tor; Richard O. Fletcher, contractor ■ 
for the cement work, and Dgnald M. 7 
Wallace, foreman for tho buililind 
contractor in the disaster hurt in 
January, 1922, when the root of the 
Iheatrs collapsed. 

The Appellate Court huids that 
there Is nothing In the Indictment 
to show a Joint undertaking by tho 
men named above and hence there 
is no personal responsibility charge- 
able against them. 

The court also found that thi- In- 
dictment fails to state fjuts, siiffl- ' 
clent to establish crlmin,%l iieRll- 
gence. Justice Van Orsdel Miling 
"Indeed, It f.ills to m'-ct any of the 
established rules of criminal plead- 

In concluding its opinion, the court 
declares llial the case nt the bar is 
so completely ill.-posed of by Ilia 
decision of th.- court in thf Ains- 
worlli ca^c that tl.c ojilnion of the 
Uien Chief jM»ticp. HIrhnrd If. Al- 
vcy, m ay lie .-iiloiited as In every way 
decisive of the c.tlie. 

The AInsworth case grew out ttt 
the collapse of the Ford theatre 
biiiHiliig. An InJictmcut f.(!.,;n»t 
'iciural Ain-u..rth, .hief of the War 
Dciiartnicnt div;^i..n on tho struo- 
liire, anj otlisis . mnloyc.i in m.ik- 
icK r'/ialr« lo Ine l.iiiMing at tlie 
tunc iif the I ,11 „i ih,. naHj» was di»- 
I mL-scd. , . .Lj_ .„ _ ._. ,_ , . . 



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Thursday, December 6, 192S 





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Aldine Changes Feature Before Wc<5k'« Ends — New 
Fox Did $18,000 First Week— Now Playing Mix 
Film Without Billing Tom Mix 

Philadelphia, D^c. 5. 
Thank.sglvlng, good weather ex- 
.•('pt for one day, and excellent plc- 

iices combined to make laat week 
line of the most succssful of the 
. jrrent season In the downtown film 

The Stanley, Karlton and Fox, to- 
•:"tber with the two drop-In theatres 
o'.i East Market atreet, the Palace 
and Victoria, turned In the beat 
;,iosse». The only picture which 
must be credited with flopping was 

;n the Palace of the King" at the 
.Mdlne. It wa« taken off Friday 
riid In Its five days had the lowest 
;..'08S of any fllm at this house In 
itfveral months. This vua evidently 
iha result of the picture Itself, as 

ne house Is one which would hardly jjtrlsing. 
luve been much affected by the 
. ox's ottenlng. 
Th^ Stanton, on the other hand, 

V .:s badly hit by the new theatre, 
which Is next door to It. "The Light 

■ ! iiat Failed," the Stanton's picture, 

V on some fine notices but was de- 
cliledly off In attendance all week, 
'o?lng saved from a worse flop by 
:'ie Thanksgiving Influx. However, 

nre the Stant<>n Is the ofl^lclal 
I' iramount try-out house here, and 
■s'MO because it is ftgured that it 

ould hardly be fair to judge "The 
'.:.?ht That Failed's" drawing power 
;;v last week since the Fox was at- 
.] acting the usual crowd of those 

• irlous to see a new theatre, the 
i.'lliling story yaa held over and 

< ;urted this week with some 
I romlse. 

The Fox's picture, "The Silent 
Command," was treated rather de- 
. :sivel'y by the critics, but they were 
i unit in highly praising the beautl- 
til house and the unusual surround- 
ing program. "Che gross of around 
; 18,000 was conVlderably abovs the 

• "pected, and probably represent/ 

< uite a bit more than the house ivlll 
I'o, even in Its best weeks, a.fter'tbe 
1 nvelty wears oft. 

The Stanley, with Jackie Coogan'e 
Circus Days," had one of Its good 
' ceks, which means a gross of a 
ttle under 125.000. The early part 
or the week showed a marked slump. 
' >-idently due to the Fox, but good 
I >ticee and holiday crowds bolstered 
■.n the attendance. 

There are a number of question 
n:uks In this .week's list. The 
. taniey has Warner."' "Lucretla 
' ombard." using the alternate title 

• r "Flaming Passion." flgured by 
I any a poor Idea for this flne house. 
' '.e name sounding more like the 
' ir'orla's type of sensational pic- 
•::re!'. "The Monday bU9lnc«.«i wa= 
\ M-y bad indeed, but the pre.sencr 
'. .' the University of Pennsylvania 

I :ee club during the week is counted 

• I to boudt up attenj^ince as It did 

II ire last year. 
The most unusual feature of the 

V I'ek Is the choice of feature at the 

: ox. The main picture i.s Tom 

lixs "Sof.-Bollcd." but, due to a 

' «t minute decision, no mention Is 

1. InR of SIlx in the a(l.s un<l 

I'l the copy sent out to the papers 

.'iix has always been shown in the 

lieaper houses here, and it was 

i.^fured it would cheapen the new 

!"ox to have hit ; billed no soon after 

■he opening. Still another aurprii-e 

ihi.s week is the bookiriK of "The 

'. irRlnian" into the K.arlton. whereas 

'lis picture was generally expceteil 

•i) be shown at Ihe Stanley. The 

'liil.v apparent roa.son i« an endeavor 

;o .strengthen the Karlton, which is 

I lose to the Kox, and also has been 

ill a bad slump. 

7-;stlmates for last week: 

Stanley — "Circu!- n;iys" (Kir«i 

.National). Coogan pi<'ture went big. 

I'.lt under li.%.000. (4.000: GO-T.I.) 

Stanton— "The Light That Kailoir 
(Paramount). Hardest hit of all 
houses by new Fox, hut good notices 
!ind holiday pulled pro.^s up to 
around $11,000. (1.700; .10-7.-1.) 

Fox — "The Siint Command" 
(Fox). Oiiening of house, attend.ini 
puUlcity and eurlcwlty. to- 
:;ether with elaborate surroundlns 
hill, probably counted more in favor 
■han feature picture. Huslness line; 
Kross around JIS.OOO. (3,000, 99.) 

Aldine — 'In the Palace of llie 
King" (rioldwyn). Not po good. 
Notices fairly kind, bul business oft 
from start. TaUen off Krid.iv 
firossed onlv about $1.7.'i0 in five 
(lays. (1.500; 75.) 

Karlton ' Tlie Meanest Man In 


Lotw's Stats, Buffalo, 
— Week 

Did It Last 


Holiday Matinees All Off Be- 
cause of Outdoor At- 

Los Angeles, Dec. B. 

There was no outstanding feature 
to attract any unusual attention 
among the downtown picture 
houses the past week. The 
Thanksgiving holiday did not help 
the receipts at any of the houses 
because of the many outdoor at- 
tractions. The auto classic drew 
upwards of 75,000 people alone. 
This put a crimp In the matinee 
attendance but at night business 
was at Its height. "The Covered 
Wagon" concltMed a 34-week run 
and a record for the city. Business 
the final week held up close to the 
best we^. Jackie Coogan In "Long 
Live the King" gave Loew's a 
pretty good week but nothing to 
rave about. "The Hunchback of 
Notre Dame" at the Criterion had 
plenty of empty seats during the 
fourteen performances the past 
week. The 11.60 scale combined 
with talk of the pictures gruesome- 
ness keeping attendance down. 
Henry B. Walthall appecu-ing per- 
sonally Bupportad by Franceaca 
Capellano In a. stage presentation 
preceding "The Unknown Purple" 
the picture feature In which Walt- 
hall Is starred did a fine week at the 
California. Mary Plckford's "Koslta" 
Is drawing crowds to the Million 
Dollar In Its second week. "To the 
Ladles" at the Metropolitan did not 
have a very good week but the 
James Cruze name held the feature 
up to average business. Lloyd's 
"Why Worry" In its seound week 
In the 900 seat house after three 
smashing weeks at the big Million 
Dollar theatre drew but fairly. 

California — "The I'nknown 
Purple" (Goldwyn). (2.000; 25-75c.). 
Henry B. Walthall starred In the 
feature and appearing in person 
(5ally supported by Francesra 


"Hunchback" Leaving with Business Shot — Coogan 
Picture at the State Went Below Average Gross 
— Other Estimates 

Buffalo. Dec. 8. 

Business at local box-offices last 
week revealed somewhat unusual 
angles. Tho week started for what 
looked to be only moderate takings. 
Monday and Tuesday business was 
very much off. By Wednesday the 
gates began to click steadily. 

Despite the slow beginning, 
Loew's State turned In the highest 
gross of any week In the history of 
the house. That this should occur 
in view of the bad start Is sur- 

The Hippodrome also turned In a 
splendid week, beating its previous 
week's gross of 117,000 with "Span- 
ish Dancer" by over $1,000. The 
Lafayette was very much off at the 
start, but. pulled up sharply by 
Thanksgiving and ran to satlsfac- 
tory takings. 
Last week's estimates: 
Loew's Stats— (3.400; 35-55). 
"Pleasure Mad" and vaudeville. Get- 
ting aw.ay to poor start, house piled 
up the biggest gross hereabouts 
since the regime of the large down- 
town picture palaces. The fllm was 
combined with ^cellent vaudeville. 
Close to 321,000. 

Hipp— (2.400; S5-50). "His Chil- 
dren's Children," "Three Ages," ex- 
tra attractione. This heavy artillery 
double feature bill proved splendid 
business-getter; $18,000 for week. 

Lafaystts Square — (3.400; 35-55). I Capellnno *^local stock' favorite at- 
"St. Elmo" and vaudeville. E^sti- traded good business. Got $17,100. 
mated over $17,000. | Million Dollar — "Roslta" (United 

Artists), (2.200; 25-«5c.). Mary 
Pickford. Held up big second week. 
Gross. $25,00«. 

Metropolitan— "To the L.adies" 
(Paramount), (3.700; S6-65c.). The 
James Cruze reputation proved box 
office stimulant, off week with 

Rialto — "Why Worry" (Pathe). 
(800; S5-85C.). Wfth week of 
Lloyds latest comedy downtown 
and second In this hoitse drawing 
fairly well; $10,000. 

Grauman's Egyptian — "Covered 
Wagon" (Paramount), (1,800; 60c.- 
$1.60). Thirty-fourth and final 
week. Best week of a record run. 
with $25,133. 

Mission — "The Acquittal" (Uni- 
versal), (900; 60c.-$1.10). Third 
week; $«,880. 

Loevir's Stats — "Long Live the 
KlnK" (Metro), (2,400; 25-50c.). 
Jackie Coogan again proves his 
streiifith; $22,300. 

Criterion — "The Hunchback of 
Notre Dam?" (Universal). 0.750; 
50c.-$1.50>. Not doing capacity 
second week; $19,500. 


"Old Nsw York" and Coogan Pic- 
turs Each Does $21,000 

Detroit. Dec. 5. 

That "the plctu:e is the thing" for 
picture houses was again proven to 
be 100 per cent, true at the Broad- 
way-Strand theatre last week. With 
only the picture to draw and no 
extra advertising "Little Old New 
York" piled up the greatest box 
office receipts in the history of the 
house — $21,000. The previous«ecord 
was ^19,000, held by "Anatov' and 
the admissions charged were the 
same for both pictures. 

Broadway-Strand — "Little Old 
New York" (Cosmopolitan) 36-50-75 
at night, with some $1. Played to 
7,000 people opening Sunday. Phil 
Glelchman was wise in making clear 
the starting time of each show, as 
it helped to empty the theatre after 
each performance. Si,x shows given 
dally. It looks as if "1-lttle Old New 
York" will gross around $60,000 for 
the fcup-week engagement, in on 
perceitfage basis. 

Adams— "The Wantcrs" (First 
National). Personal appearance of 
Marie Prevost and Kennetli Harlan. 
Around $12,000. 

Capitol — "Long Live the King," 
with Jackie Coogan. About $21,000. 

Madi8on--"'rhe Acquittal" (Uni- 
ve'^sal). Added attraction. Grossed 

Fox-Washington — "Six Cylinder 
Love." About $8,000. 


M. J. Burnside's Proposition 

Calls for Their Support — 

Stock for Sale 

' Exhibitors of the country within 
the next fortnight will be asked to 
invest their money In the promo- 
tion of a new direct-to-the-exhlbitor 
distributing proposition. Plans for 
the Felling of stock in this promo- 
tion have been completed In New 
York with M. J. Burnside in charge. 

Thus far no money has been 
turned into the coffers of the en- 
terprise, but it Is known that quite 
a few theatre owners h.ave been ap- 
proarliod and that wllhin the next 
10 days an effort will be made to 
round up representative exhibitors 
in every territory. 

A statement made by Burnside 
has It that the enterprise will be In 
ciiarge of a corporation made up of 
exhibitors This corporation, ac- 
cording to Burnside. will take over 
a studio on the Coast for pro- 
duction purposes. Distribution, he 
adds, will be done throiiph three of- 
fices located In New York. Chicago 
•and San P'rancisco. 

Associated with Burnside is said 
to Be a Newark. N. J., broker. The 
project has been carefully guarded, 
the Intention having been to say 
nothing until all plans had been 
completed, with pages of advertise- 
ments taken In the trade papers, and 
the exhibitors whose "names" arc 
wanted by the promoters had been 
lined up. 

It Is then purposed to send out 
an army of organized stock sales- 
men to solicit support from theatre 
owners In general. 


Comptroller Craig Won't Pay Bau- 
mer Films fS.OOO 


Experiment in St. Louis Didn't 

Work Out— "Long Live 

the King" Film 

St, Louis. Dec. 6. 

Instead of playing throughout the 
week, as expected, at four theatres 
simultaneously, which would have 
marked the first picture to play four 
theatres at one time In this city, 
Jackie Coogan in "Long Live the 
King" lasted but three days. 

It was taken off and replaced at 
two of the houses. 

The picture opened at the Grand 
Central, West End Lyric, Delmonte 
and Capitol, but In the middle of the 
week the Capitol and West End 
Lyric changed programs. 


Opens Simultaneously In All the 
Skouras St. Louis Theatres 

has done in Ioiik lime. 
(1,100; 60.) 

Aliout $3,r,flft 

Phil Goldstone. the Coa«t inde- 
pendent producer, is in New Yoi 1; 
disposing dlstrihulion rishts to a 
•erics of six jiictures. 

Another Boston exelianse man, 
rieorgo A. Feekc, will go into pro- 
duction on hl,< own in l.os .\nareles 
He will make 10 pictures for in^lc- 
pendent dlstrihulion. Fecke was In 
Naw York this week. 

. . . 1 ; ■ I J 


Carl Anderson Pictures Corp. this 
'week eloFcd a contract to handle 
the pliysical dislrihiilion of "After 
the Hall," which the Henco Produc- 
tions. Inc.. sponsored under the late 
IC. J. Heyn<Ods' direction. With 

jhe World." flood week, best l'""/e itovinilils- 1I...1II1 recently, the fllmi- 

r.iiinti (if I lie Charles K. Harris song 
cl.-i.'sir left in midair. 

Tlie Arti.«tic Kllm Co., of which 
WiMiatii .Sleiiier .iiul Harris were 
I lie man 'ing«, made "After 
tlie Hall" some years ago. This Is 
a s enud prfKluetion of the samb 
title, Ijul with a new story, also 
Mippli'.d hy Harris. Diillas Fiti- 
cer.ilil directed, flastoii fJlaas, Mi- 
riam Cooiier ,ind Kdna Murphy will 
be in I lie east. 

New York city Inhabitants know 
all that Is necessary about crowded 
subway conditions without a spe- 
cially produced film. "Standing 
Room Only." bel9g necessary, ac- 
cording to City Comptroller Charles 
L. Craig, who been much- in 
the national limelight of late 
through his imbroglio with Federal 
Judge Mayer. 

Baiimer Films, Inc., which pro- 
duced the "S. R. R" picture has a 
claim for $8,000 against the city 
which the Continental Guaranty 
Corp, Is trying to collect through 
the medium of peremptory writ 
of mandamus to compel Craig to 
pay the money. 

The matteir came before the Ap- 
pellate Division late last week, with 
that judicial body favoring an al- 
ternate writ merely, which means 
the matter can come to trial and 
Craig may Interpose reasons why 
the $8,000 should not be paid for 
the film which waj produced spe- 
cially for the city. 

Mayor John P. Hylan and City 
Chamberlain Philip Bcrolzhelmer 
are co-defendants as a formality, 
being city oITlcIalg. r 


Final signatures to a contr.aci 
providing for the release of four 
Barbara La Marr specials by A»f«- 
clated First National, and to be 
made by Sawyer A Lubln, were ob- 
tained yesterday (Wednesday) In 
New York. The deal means Miss 
La Marr will be starred alone in n 
•srisa of pletara* 

St. Louis, bee. t. 
There Is a novelty in picture 
booking on display here this week, 
L is the simultaneous playing of 
the Douglas MacLean feature, "Go- 
ing Up," in all three of the Skouras 
houses here. The picture opened 
l.-vst S.aturday and played to a big 
day's business on the strength of 
the novelty of being in all three 
houses at once. 

Skouras booked the feature Into 
the Grand Central, tho West Knd 
Lyric and the Capitol, the latter 
his downtown house, with the idea 
of flooding the town with three 
first runs of the same picture as 
an advertising stunt. U proved to 
be a real busine.^s getter, and the 
combination of the advertisin,: be- 
ing directed at nil three houses kept 
the "nut" down. 

For more than a week in ad- 
vance of the opening the town was 
flooded with a special copyrighted 
souvenir booklet that was .a work 
of art. Frank C. Payne is men- 
tione<l as the holder of the copy- 
right. It contains the history of 
"(jolng I'p" from the time that it 
was known as "The Aviator" and 
conlains plelure.i of all of those 
who were Instrumental In Its 
achieving popularity both 
come<ly, a musieol comedy 

Boston, Dec. 5. 
Tlie same thing that brought big 
business to the legitimate houses in 
town put the picture houses over 
with splendid takings last week. 
Thanksgiving Day was* given the 
credit. , 

The first of this week the picture 
houses were beginning to notice tho 
effect of the Radio Sliow this week. 
At curtain time Monday the falling 
off in business was noted, worse 
than usual even for a Monday night. 
The way the radio fans were jam- 
ming into the hall where the Iladio 
Sho.v was being held gave the rea- 
son for this w^kncss. It is likely 
to continue all week, in tl*e opinion 
of local managers and will add to 
the weakness which is anticipated 
this month. 

Tho town is just now all set tor 
big -business, however, as the lineup 
at the local houses is better than at 
any lime this season. "The White 
Sister" opei^ing at the Majestic at 
$2 top for hights and the same price 
for the Saturday mats had an in- 
vitation opening. 

"Scaramouche" playing the Pairk 
was one^of the bjg money makers 
of the season Last week when played 
to about $12,000. This house is also 
scaled at $2 top and in tlie first week 
djd about $10,500. 

' "The Hunchback" is on the final 
week .at Tremont temple. Business 
slipped off last week despite the 
holiday draw and it was decided to 
close it in Boston. Tlie house will 
be dark for the next few weeks, It 
being figured poor business to brlnif 
a release In there at this season to 
buck the opposition. Last week the 
picture grossed $8,000. 

Up .It the Fenway things are look- 
ing oxceptionaliy bright. What 1» 
without doubt the biggest week's 
business the house has ever done 
was recorded laat week with "Why 
Worry." The gross went to $15,000. 
This house Is scaled at .a 75-cent top 
for week nights except Saturday and 
Sunday and then the top is lifted to 

Business at the S^tc last week 
was off somewhat from what Is cus- 
tomary at this house, the gross be- 
ing just a bit better than $13,000. 
Ordinarily this house does between 
$14,000 and $15,000 and the blame is 
attached to the fact that the bill haa 
on it two kid pictures and even with 
Jackie Coogan In "Long Live tha 
King" one of them, there was not 
sufficient pulling power. 

This week the Orpheum is running 
"A Woman of Paris" which showed 
at the State a couple of weeks agoi 
The picture was passed by tha 
authorities here without a quiver. 
they taking the verdict of the Na- 
tional Board and not asking for a 
special showing. The Orpheum did 
$18,000 last week with William R 
Hart In "Wild Bill Hickok" and the 
big draw was laid to tho showing ot 
Hart's first picture after a couple 
of years. 
Last week-'a estimates: 
Tremorrt temple — (2,200; $2), Final 
week Of "The Hunchback." Last 
week neighborhood of $12.00n, 

Loew's State— (4,000; 65c,). "The 
Lrght that Failed," this week with 
"Tea With a Kick" as second at- 
traction. Ali(}ift $13,000 last week 
with "Long Mve the King." 

Park — (f000;$2). Did $12,00» 
gross last week, up from week be- 
fore and "Scaramouche" now on 
third week showing good results. 

Fenway — (50-75c.). First week of 
"Why Worry." House did the record 
business of $15,000. Same picture 
this week. 

Modern and Beacon (twin houses). 
Did at)out $6,000 last week with 
"The New School Teacher." This 
week, "Lucreatia Lombard" and 
"Cameo Kirby." 


Mrs, Landy Sues 

IjOS Angeles, Dec, 5, 
Suit for divorce, on the ground of 
deserlion, has been filed here by 
Mrs. George Ii«ndy, wife of the pub- 
licity man. », , 

MacLean'i '"Yankee Consul" 

The next full length comedy with 
Dotiglaa MacLean as the star to be 
released will be the former Ray- 
mond Hitchcock starring vehicle 
"The Yankee Consul." The produc- 
tion has been finished In Los An- 
geles and i« cut and titled. The 
lirst i)rint is expected in New York 
file latter p,irt of fhe week. 

It is barely possible that Bogert 
Rogers will come east with the pic- 
ture to deliver it to Fnink C Payne, 
who is handling the .MacLean affairs 
at the Associated KxhibitorB' home 

The MacLean forces are already 
at work on the script of another 
comedy in which he is to ."lar. The 
shooting is to begin in about two 
weeks. ^ 

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«f 8, 1929 





"Sir Loin" Shown in Chicago May Interest Cattlemen 
—Defects Easily Seen With Likelihood No Pro- 
fessional Players in Cast 

Chicago, Dec. 5. 
Propaganda film put out liy tlie United 
State* Dci>artment of AcrlcuUure In threo 
nsla, shown for the nrat time publicly at 
tha Llva Stock ahow In Chicago. The 
aainaa of the memlifra of the caat are not 
(iTen. It la not likely that any ot the play- 
ara are profeaelonala or that the film waa 
ttonatructed under protcaaional supervlaion. 
The fllm l> dnmribed as "a story or beer 
^knm the plains to the plates." 

> "Slr-T.oln," the star of a new 
propaganda film, described as "ot 
T-Bone Ranch," Is a prize bull. The 
propaganda ot the film may be an 
Urge to cattle raispra to provide 
themselves with a prize "Sir Loin," 
or It may be that the aim ot the pic- 
ture ia to Induce cirls from the city 
to go to the country. 

It is a photoplay which will In- 
terest cattlemen and appeal to all 
those who are Interested In either 
the great west or cattle ral.sing. 

The story concerns a young man. 
Robert West, shown at his home In 
the great west and on a trip to the 
city, and his final arrival there and 
his meeting with Virginia Lee, a 
city girl, who had been born In the 
cattle country. Then It carries West 
back to a lonely position on the 
plains, where he dreams of the girl. 
The next step is to show her suc- 
ceed In getting a position as school 
teacher. After she has boen at this 
work for a thnc she attends a rodeo 
and the star ot the nfternoon is Mr. 
^'^'est. They meet. She visits at his 
ranch and Is entcrtnined by his 
mother. He shows her around. 

The cattle scenes and the ranch 
•cenes where plans are laid to reap 
hay to feed the c.Tttle during the 
Winter are interesting. The love 
touch la not overdone, and there Is 

matrimony for the third time. The 
deserted second wife (Helene Chad- 
wlck) Is pictured In Atlantic City, 
almost penniless, with her two chil- 
dren. A former suitor who Is very 
wealthy appears and renews his suit, 
and la accepted, but a lawyer friend 
warns them not to live together, as 
she (second wife) Is still Mrs. Tap 
pam except In Nevada. 

The two couples are used as 
pawns In Rupert Hughes' game- of 
showing the status of each in va- 
rious states, and as the action shifts 
this ia accomplished. 

The story Is good but ends abrupt- 
ly, losing a little effectiveness. 



SMnfy Franklin Production presented by 
the Warner Bros, and David lielasco. star- 
ring Ijenore Ulrlc. from the play by Wll- 
lard Mack and David lielasco, adapted by 
Kdmund Guuldlng. Shown at the Klvoll, 
New York, week Dec. 2. Kunninc time, 
77 minutes. 

Kose itocir»n t,enore Ulrl^ 

Michael Devlin Forrest Stanley 

I-'ather Thibault Joseph Uowllni 

I'ierre. Andre De Heranger 

Dr. Cusick Sam De Grasse 

Bruce Norton Theodore Von Kits 

Hector MacColllns Claude UllllnKwater 

Just enough of the Joint attraction w^en she made her film debut some 
of the pair for those who see the *^'^'""'' '^^°'> "'^ Picture would have 

Northwest mounted picture that 
made its bid for fame as a play. 
The star of the screen version is the 
same that carried the play to pop- 

Otherwise It is Just another north- 
west mounted. Just the same In type 
as a hundred or more others that 
have gone before It, and were It not 
that Lenore Ulric gives a really re- 
markable screen performance (so 
different from the one that she gave 

hered more or less faithfully to the 
novel, although the usual licenses 
have been taken to permit some ad- 
ditional mannerisms by Jackie. 

Located in one of those musical 
comedy countries, the tale relates 
ot a plot to overthrow the ruling 
dynasty to which Crown Prince 
Otto (Coogan) la the heir apparent 
upon the death of tils grandfather. 

Meanwhile the story mainly con- 
cerns Itself with the trials and trib- 
ulations of the Crown Prince, who 
is subjected to an overbearing a,unt 
and never can get away lon^ enough 
to enjoy himself. 

Tha climax revolves around the 
kidnapping of the youngfster upon 
the day the country ia celebrating 
his birtlnlay, the cause for a realis- 
tic fight b^^ the Prince's personal 
aide. It precedes the rescue and the 
dash to the palace In time for the 
child ruler to make his appearance 
on the balcony. For the death of 
the king is signalized in the midst 
of the festivities. 

Of the cast Alan Forrest. In the 
"pie" role of the youngster's per- 
sonal attendant. Inclines to stand 
out, although the support accorded 
by the large personnel Is at all times 
capable, if not more. Scenically the 
picture has been outfitted with a 
production that reveals some mas- 
sive Interiors, while the exterior 
flashes of the iMtlace and carnival 
win undoubtedly attract attention. 

Granted that at Intervals the In- 
dividual efforts and given action to 
the child star closely resemble out- 
right "hoke," the bits, nevertheless, 
register for their full worth, and 
through the child's appeal are for- 

The picture unquestionably la a 
credit to Metro. Coogan, Sullivan 
and Schcrtzingcr, and should go a 
long way In sustaining this young- 
ster's drawing power in any film 
theatre in any country. Hklo- 

^, , - see the 

bicture to know that it is "true 

Without making any Inquiries re- 
yarding the picture it is a safe bet 
to aay that It waa assiembled with 
tome dlfflculty, for there are so 
taany noticeable defects that If the 
Uftt"'* waa forced to stand for 
President Coolldge's best, there 
%ould be a chance of Henry Ford 
being drafted for President. 

The cattle .are without horns In 
*ne scene and with long horns In 
the next. The cattle run on hills 
without trees in one scene, and 
there are trees all about In the next. 
Prom * single location Mr. West 
and Miss I.iee look around at moun- 
tains on one side and a seemingly 
never-ending plain on the other side. 
The girl is riding in knickerbockers, 
teta oft her horse and is in skirts. 

The rodeo scene displays some 
ftplendid riding, and the scene where 
the ranchman takes his aunt living 
- In the city through a meat market 
In order to show her how to buy 
dholce meat is not uninteresting to 
the layman. The hard Work the 
City folks have In cutting their meat 
hX the dinner table is overdone. 

The fact that the principals dine 
ha "ranch-killed" meat when out 
west sccm.i to be a slap at the pack- 
ing concernsir 

ia a great argument against cen- 
sorship in this picture. 

The story aa originally played on 
the stags was infinitely added to 
by the prefacing that the adaptor 
did la making the screen version, 
which in other respects sticks faith- 
fully to the play. Fred. 


Ooldwyn Production, directed by Kmmett 
Plynn. written for the screen by June 
Msthls from the story by P. Marlon Craw- 
ford. .Shown at (hs CaplUil, (New York, 
week Dec. 2, 1623. Kunninc time, 78 

Dokires Meodoia Blanche 8we« 

Don John Kdmund Ix>we 

Mendoza Habart Bosworth 

Inei M>ndosa PauNne Btarke 

Kinc Philip II Ham de QrasM 

Perei WUIIam V. Mona 

Princess Eboll Allee« Prlngle 

Adnnls Luclen LIUIe^leM 

tJomei ("harlea Clary 

Alphonso Harvey Clarke 

Kudaldo Tom Bates 

Chamberlain ; D. N. Clu«ston 

The Guard Charles Oorham 

r^plaln of UuanI Jack Pttcaicp 

fuard David KMrby 

The Queen {kta Oresury 

Qaeton Bruce Sterllnc 

Aide to Don Jotin Charles Newt«n 

Another costume drama, one that 
has not an exceptional feature about 
it other than the cast. It ia a screen 
visualization of the atory by F. 
Marion Crawford, adapted by June 
Mathto and directed by Kmmett 
Flynn. The ca.»t abounds with 
names, but in this late day after the 
market has been flooded with cos- 
tume playa, exceptionally well done 
as to the matter of direction and 
thrills, this one seoms rather tame 
and the cast not etiough to put It 
over as a box office winner for the 
price that the exhibitor wHll be 
asked to pay for the picture. 

"In the Palace of the King" looks 
to have had lota of money spent on 

RENO Kr.'iiicl.sco, Dec. S. 

"Heno" is Ooldwyn propaganda 
against the conflicting divorce laws 
bt the United States. When you are 
divorced In Nevada It doesn't mean 
anything In some other state, or 
vice versa. The film was given its 
premiere at the California here Sat- 

While it is a good picture it 
some of Its elTcctivenpss because of 
the supposedly funny subtitles — 
written with .in idea ot convulsing 
the audience .^nd furnL-thlng most of 
the comic relief. These titles arc 
nothing more than adequate. 

The 111m hfis a punch which Is a 
knockout in two ways: The start of 
the thriller business Is in an auto- 
mobile chase through Yellowstone 
park, and h.T; its rlim.TX in a fight 
which ia staned liiKh on a cliff above 
one of the hie: K.\^scr.'^. With the 
geyser spoiitinp .iiiil the fi^ht on it 
makes great oiitfri^iiniiient. 
- The story t>-HH <►{ Hoy Tappam 
(Lew Cody), n mijcU-m.arried man, 
who ia introduced in Heno as he is 
about to tal;o an tlie RhacUlts of 

nothing particularly to recommend 
It. But the combination of Lenore 
Ulric and "Tiger Rose" should draw 
fair patronage. 

The picture is one of~fhe series of 
Boiasco productions Iho Warner 
Bros, are presenting. Atjhe Rivoli 
Sunday night it pulled terrific busi- 
ness, but Monday night the busi- 
ness was far from capacity at both 
night shows. That was right on 
Broadway, In the towns where they, 
have not seen Miss Ulric but have" 
heard of her as a Belasco star she 
should be a real box office magnet. 

The production la picturesque, the 
locations outdoors are beautiful 
scenically, but acenery won't bring 
them to the box office. In suspense 
tha picture has a couple ot thrilling 
moments that were cleverly handled 
by the director, Sidney Franklyn. 

In the cast Forrest Stanley plays 
the role that was originated by Wil- 
lard Mack, and he gives a corking 
performance of the Northwest 
Mounted cop. Theodore Von Elti 
plays opposite the star and registers 
emphatically as the lover, while 
Joseph Dowling and Sam De Grasse, 
both veterans of many a hard-fought 
acrcen battle, deliver In their accua- 
tomed manner, as does also Claude 

"Tiger RoB«" with a strong accent 
on Lenore Ulrio and the Belasco 
connection will get money, not to 
the extent of breaking records, but 
It will roll up a nice comfortable 
average gross for the majority of 
houses that play it. Fred. 


Thomaa H. Inee production, from the play 
by KuKene O'Nell. Adapted by Bradley 
King: directed by John Grlmth Wray. 
Ppeclsl showing for National Board of Re- 
view, Town Hall, Nov. 28. 1021. Uunninc 
time, 87 minutes. 

Anna Christie Blanche Sweet 

Chris .Qeorire Marlon 

Matt Burke William KuaseM 

Marthy. ,. Euvene Otiaserer 

it, but It is doubtful if it will ever 
step out of ttie red into the black 
as far as gettlttg It back la con- 

The story is another one of those 
romances laid In tiie royal court ot 
Spain. This time during the reign 
of King Philip II, who wu.s a mur- 
derer and a religious fanatic. HIa 
brother Don John of Austria Is tha 
hero, and the heroine Dolores Men- 
doza. The«e three roles are played 
by Sam De Grasse, Edmund Lowe 
and Blanche Sweet, respectively. 

Don John is the warrior ot the 
family and has been succejisfui In .a 
number of campaigns In behalf ot 
Spain, thua having grown into tre- 
mendoua popularity with hia troopa 
and likewise the people of the coun- 
try. The King fears this popularity 
and sends his brother agalnat the 
Moora in a rellgioiks war. Though 
on the verge of defeat because ot 
the l«ck of co-operation at home. 
Don John finally turns the cam- 
paign Into a triumph by utilising 
the original K. K. K. method of 
driving the Moors In panlo and 
chasing a lot ot cooch danaera out 
of the tents in their encampment 
through lighting a fiery croas on 
the mountains oppoaite their ertrong- 

He comes back to Spain, is sup- 
posedly killed by hIa JeaCIoaa brother, 
but returns to Ufa in time for a Anal 
clinch In the arma of hia beloved 
after they both have gone througti 
a eerles oC complications that 
threatened to wreck their chancea 
of happlneas. 

There are the usual tin hats ot 
the usual costume play all over the 
place. There ia the urual mob atuft 
with the Boldlera atorming the pal- 
ace when they hear that their leader 
haa been murdered. And Itkewiae 
(Continued on pag« t() 


Metro picture atnrrins Jackie Coogan. 
Aflapted by C. Oardn^r Sullivan from the 
orlRinal ntory ot Mary Roberts Rlnehart, 
with Victor ScliertzlnRor dlrcctf>r. Showing 
at the Rlalto. N«w York, week of Dec. 2. 
RunnlnK time. Oft mlnuteai 

Crown Prinre Otto Jackia Pooijin 

Counteas f>l(ca Rosemary Tfn-liy 

PrinccM Iledwtic Ruth Rpnlck 

Archduchess Annunciata Vera I-^wla 

Klnic Karl Al»n Dale 

NMkky Alan Forfeit 

The Chancellor Watt Whitman 

1 he Kinif U-.h^rt Hruwf-r 

Hobby Uaymord I.iee 

Old Adelbert Monti C'-lltnd 

H;.l<k Humbert Ham App**! 

Hormnn Spier I^arry Flwher 

Bobbys Father AUn Sears 


F" OR hire: 

New Vorkw Newest and 
1'" o r c m o .s t Costume 

Shaping up nn one of the ef- 
forts Jackie Coogan hns given to 
the screen, and l)Ut for a few lax 
momenta, due to .'<iipr-r(luou.s foot.TKe. 
entertainment of the best, with 
young Coogan showing to .iiiiyerla- 
tlve advnntagp. 

"Long Live the King" will lik'Iy 
he ranked alongside of his "Oliver 
Twist." For Indlvitlutl erfnrt an the 
part of the child star and the illrn'.< 
actual ability to please, m.iyliap it 
will top the Dickens plclurlzation. 

The film has about ail the re- 
f|uirements with tlie one fault of an 
overly pl«yed-up atmo.sphere effect 
that, placed late, was unnecessary. it's a corking effort on 
the part of the producing comp.iny. 
star, cast, camera men and director 

The screening appears to have ad- 

"Anna Christie" had the honor of 
being the first picture of the season 
of 1923-4 chosen for a special show- 
ing before the National Board of 
Review, which makea a specialty of 
picking the exceptional photoplays 
of the year for special performances 
for their membership. 

"Anna Christie" proved itself 
worthy ot the honor. It is a picture 
that is Interesting. It Is a picture 
that Is as different to the regular 
runs ot screen productions as the 
Eugene O'Nell plays are to the ma- 
jority ot hits and near-hits that 
come to the spoken stage; but, still, 
there Is going to be a question 
whether or not it Is going to pull 
money to the picture theatre box 
offices the country over. The rea- 
son for this la that Eugene O'Nell 
and his "Anna Christie" ia not 
known to every exhibitor and pic- 
ture fan of the country as the au- 
thor ait0 his play are known in New 
York, and it is going to be up to 
the exhibitor to go out and sell his 
public the idea thaC this la some- 
thing different. If he can do that, 
then the picture will get money. 

It la going to be Interesting 
to watch the progress of this pic- 
ture as It plays around tha coun- 
try, tor It is going to be a criterion 
to go by. 

At flrst glance "Anna Christie" 
doesn't look like a picture that Is 
going to burn up Broadway, but It 
is a picture that will do business on 
Broadway as well as anywhere else, 
it seems lilte a picture that will 
build in bu.siness after the flrst day 
in the otlier places away from 
Broadway, for It Is .a picture that 
must compel word-ot-mouth adver- 

Tliere [^ one mi.stake John Grif- 
fith Wray made In the direction. In 
(he usual picture fashion he tried 
to force his loading woman to over- 
shadow the character role, Blanche 
.Sweet wasn't the "Anna Christie" 
I'auline L^rd was on the spoken 
.Htane, but fleorge Marion was Chri.s, 
and as Kuch he .-so far over.sii.idowed 
the leading woman the illrector was 
iin<liiiible(lly forced to lal;e the ex- 
tremes he did to keei> her in the 
lyo ot the audience. But lli it was 
not good direction. 

William Hus^cll mnde Matt Burke 
a convincing sort (>f a l)nite Irish 
coal passi-r on a sti-ain tmtnp and 
put over hi.'i role with a w.illoii. .and 
likewise did Ktig'-ne Bes.Hcrer han- 
dle .Marthy. «o that In all 
.Sweet was the only weak spot of 
the cast of four. 

The l'enn.'<5 Ivania Board is said to 
liive ordered 2S cuts In the pi<tur<' 
a< It was sliown at the Town Ilali, 
New Ycrk. If that Is the '.lieio 

Coming to the RIVOLI 

Jtttt ULAtKY <»Rlt^NT» 

V^ Zane Greys 

*'Kll of the 



One of the 18 Big New Para-- 
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^PRODUCTION that looms like the Rockies 

alxjvc the average run of ])ictares. A Zane 

Grey .story of Broadvv.ty'.s wliite liglits as well 

as riigjjcd adventure in the West. Filmed in 

"Covered Wa)3^n" styie. Gunrantccd to please 

and make i)ig money an\\vhere, Noah Beery, 
Ricardo Cortcz and Fred Iliintley included in 

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Thurtday. D«c«ml»«r V; 1M9 


(Continued froii^ pago 23) 
<hore Is tlio usually scheminK plot- 
ters who try to spill the lieans 
whenever anyone Is seemingly gain- 
InR favor with the Kinf;. 

Afi the plotters William V. Mong 
and Aileen Prlngle scored. The 
former with a clever i>ertormance 
end the latter beoAuse she looked 
ilkA a million dollars. Edmund 
Liowe l.s getting to look more and 
more like John Darryi..ore on the 
•crecn every day. Incidentally he 
proved to be an acceptable lover 
In this Blanche Sweet played 
the heroine in moat approved movie 
faahlon, while Pauline Starke as her 
blind sister regrlstered nicely In thai 

Emmett Flynn's direction was nil 
♦hat could be asked, but he did not 
drive home a single wallop. At 
times the action w&a declde<lly 
draKgy. The lightings and photog- 
raphy were pleasing, especially a 
few soft focus shots that were early 
In the picture. f'red. 


TtnivAran.! comMjr, feflturlns Gladys Wal- 
ton, from « «tory by P. K. 'Adams, with 
lldrt>ert lllache dirpcUnic. Cam. Inc1ud«fl 
Harry Mann. Ka»t» lMr<». Florrnoa Drew. 
Jerry Gendron, Otis llarlan, Emmett Klne 
and Harriet Floyd. SWlttlnic a doul>lo 
featar* one-day prosnun nl I,oew'a Now 
Tortc. t>ec. 4^ Runnmff tlma. SB m1n«. 

An Intermediate comedy that 
should satisfy in the middle class 
houses. The story is along a weM- 
worn path, made so by poor families 
suddenly becoming rich and society 
representatives flnanclaily against 
the wall, with a daughter and son, 
respectively, the obvious means to a 
proverbial situation. It routines 
spasmodically for laughter, having 
a punch outburst at the extreme 
finish and in the form of a sub-title. 

Miss Walton Is the manicurist 
suddenly burled under an avalanche 
of coin who, through circumstances, 
becomes engaged to the social son, 
eventually "goes" for him, as he does 
for her, and the ceremony concludes. 

Meanwhile is revealed the conven- 
tional "hoke" regarding the Schultz 
contingent attempting to live up to 
their wealth while the Van Bibbers 
tolerate the acquaintanceship in lieu 
of the money angle. 

The work of Miss Walton befits, 
with Jerry Qendron doing nicely a3 
the opposite half of the loye-lntereat 
Ingredient. Other than that, Flor- 
ence Drew and Kate Price, as mem- 
bers of the Schultz regime, made, 
their donations stand out for full 
value, while the former is allotted 
the laugh solo closing out at the 
termination of the film. 

The picture pleased a Tuesday 
night audience on the Roof, having 
no minor portion Of its entertain- 
ment qualities attributed to ttlo 
titling, which provoked Interspersed 
■nickers throughout. Skta. 

train while the cars are In motion, 
and is such a mediocre attempt of 
double exposure as to fool no one. 

Besides Iloxie and Miss Philbin, 
others in the cast are Sid Jordan, 
Hob McKenzie and Joseph Girard. 
All donate performances that suf- 
fice for the purpose in this more or 
less comedy that has the dominat- 
ing fisure, Hoxie, working on the 
level, or "straight," throughout. 

The picture will likely satisfy in 
those houses where the patrons de- 
light in applauding heroes rushing 
to the rescue of thetr damsels, but 
it's simply a matter of watching a 
svccession of events that any one 
who sees pictures intermittently 
knows what is coming 600 feet 
ahead. gkia. 


etcrllni I'rwluctlon rolraae by Hxdklnaon, 
•tarrtntr Ltans Hajil. Hhown at <ha Stan- 
ley, New Xork, Dec. 4. Runnlnj time M 


TTntversal releaae, from the story of 
OeorKO Hull, featuring Jack Hoxle. with 
Oeorge Marahall dlrectins. At the Arena. 
New Torlr, Nuv. 80. Running time, 49 mln- 

Another of "U's" proverbial odes 
to the wide open spaces, revealing 
Hoxle in his oft-played role and 
containing little of speclflc Interest 
other than that the cast includes 
Mary Philbin. It may be that this 
picture was made previous to 
"Merry Go Round," but it not, Uni- 
Tersal seems to be wasting valuable 
talent and box office percentage in 
burying this young woman under 
such an intermediate release as thi.'!. 
Following her performance in the 
•Merry" feature. Miss Philbin Is de- 
■ei^ing of better opportunities than 
this, and mayhap that should go 
for Hoxic as well, 

WTiether ho can do anything be- 
fore a camera sans boots, horses and 
Buns remains in the air, but that he 
has hopes of getting away from the 
hectic action Is hinted at in some 
press mutter launched to the effect 
that Hoxle is desirous of "doing" 

Away from the propaganda, this 
pai^lcular Iloxie film resolves Itself 
Into just another Western that Is 
meaningless, runs off the prover- 
blaUroutine, but includes enough ac- 
tion to probably make it satisfac- 
tory before the audiences who In- 
habit the lower middle-class house.<!. 
The story tells of a milkman and a 
waitress Jointly liiheriliiig a riinch 
as the basis for the Weslern mlRra- 
tlon, at which place the 
takes It upon himself to scnre the 
Kasteiners out "jf their Intention to 

Includod in the film is a badly 
pictured fake of a "stunt" that is 
80 olivloufl as to make it well nigh 
an afTront to an .tudioiue'.q Intel- 
ligence. It .ihows Hoxle Jumping ,n 
borse liver a (lat r:ir ot a freiglit 

This isn't a ne^w picture. It must 
have been hanging around New 
York for some little time. Just how 
long the Hodklnson organization has 
been handling it is in doubt, but it 
is a picture. It 1« one of those that 
the smaller exhibitor can eet for a 
price and, it he Is smart, build it 
into a corking box-ofllce card. 

It all depends on the exhibitor 
and how he handles his house and 
advertising matter. The title "Lady 
Hamilton" means .nothing. Uane 
Haid, who is starred, likewise is nil 
as far as. advertising value is con- 
cerned, but the picture ItseK is one 
of those that is there. 

It is just another of those big 
<Jerman affairei that were made dur- 
ing the war. It is the "inside stuff" 
on history of old England. The 
Germans were using the early his- 
tory of all of the nations opposed 
to them In war to disclose the illicit 
love affairs ot the great heroic char- 
acters their enemies worshipped. 

Hod this picture been properly 
handled it would have topped "Pas- 
sion" at Its best, for this Is an In- 
teresting story ot the manner in 
which a little greengrocer's daugh- 
ter, through love affairs, finally 
achieved the station of Lady Ham- 
ilton, and hor affair later with Lord 
Nelson, by whom she had a child 
Just prior to her husband's death. 
And, oh Ijoy, the manner in which 
it is done! Even in the American 
I censored veroiOn there is enough to 
slip the thrills over the plate when 
it comes to the undraped. and one 
can well imagine it must have 
been as shown in Germany. 

Any live exhibitor can take this 
in anv town where It hasn't been 
played and work up interest in It 
it he goes after it right and put it 
over for a box-ofllce winner. Don't 
try to get hy with it by Just stick- 
ing a three-sheet out In frcnt, tout 
shoot the works in an advertising 
way and make 'em believe it. In 
college and school towns it should 
be pie for the rousing of the his- 
tory sharks at the local institution. 
Incidentally there is in addition 
enough iMotorlal stuff, intrigue anil 
romance to the picture to make it 
mighty interesting to tho average 
picture liouse audience. There are 
laughs, too, and acting such as only 
th ; Germans manage to get over on 
the screen when it cornea to char- 
acterization. ■ 

Incidentally this Llane Haid. who 
Is starred, appears to be a better 
screen l>et than Pola Negri ever 
could have been from the first (lash 
that we got in this country of Negri 
In "Passion." Miss (Hold is "there" 
and should be brought across, and 
then sent across. Fred. 

who has always loved her and who 
now has learned to worship taU own 
wife as well. 

The cast Is not billed, and It Is 
just as well, because nothing favor- 
able might be said about any mem- 
ber ot it. The actors are all British, 
a* is the direction and the locale 
in which the film was shot. Aside 
from the original story, only some 
of the photography and a striking 
fight scene in a typical London club 
stand out as better than mediocre. 
One of the worst faults of the pic- 
ture from the viewpoint of the aver- 
age American audience is that there 
is not one really pretty woman in 
it, a most unpardonable sin to a 
nation that exalts beauty contests at 
IS. SO a throw. 

The film can only play the cheap- 
est houses, and as the name Welte 
means considerably less there than 
In the more highbrow places, it 
seems to be S. O. L. all around. , 


Poi FMm produtrtlon. Jotin Qllbert 
featured. At I.oew'a New York Nov. 
30. Runnins time, 71 minutes. 

"The Exiles" is a gripping tale of 
a woman wrongly convicted of a 
murder on circumstantial evidence, 
for about four- fifths of the way. 
There is a compactness and co- 
herence in the telling of this part 
of the story that keeps t)ie eyes of 
the spectator gltied right on the 
silver sheet without a distracting 
Incident to cause Interest to waver 
even slightly, and the same goes for 
the portion devoted to the district 
attorney's search for the persecuted 
girt even for considerable footage 
after he finds her in Algiers. 

But when .the battle arrives be- 
tween the nonscience-atrlcken prose- 
cutor and the villian, the tale grows 
verbose and prosy, the action slow- 
ing down to a funereal pace. The 
fight itself is too broken up-^asts 
too long and covers too miKh terri- 
tory, leaving the last "act" a tedi- 
ouo ordeal. 

Care in putting on the court-room 
stuff reflects credit on the director 
and the atmo.sphci^ of the Algerian 
scenes Is also authentically sug- 

John Gilbert makes a capable act- 
ing leading man of the matlneo Idol 
heroic type, and the part ot the girl 
is also finely handled. Ail of the 
octing. In fact, is very good. 

It the last p.irt had held up as well 
as the first four-fifths, "The Exiles" 
would have been a much better pic- 
ture than it is. As it stands. It 
qualifies as part of a double-feature 
bill satisfactorily for houses like 
Loew's New York. BcJJ. 


Ben Wilson produotlon. Dtitrlbatad by 
Aecher-arand. Mabel Porreat, Mara Mo- 
Dermott and Norman Kerry (eatur«d. 
t>lrected by Arthur Roaaon. Ilyatary 
melodrama. At Loew's New Tork Nov, 
Jl).> RunnlDC time, 71 mlnutas. 

Excellent program ploture, with 
action that swings along at a fast, 
smooth gait, holding every minute 
the Interesting mystery storjr i* un- 
folding. The central female 'role is 
a sort ot girl "Raffles" — full of In- 
genuous charm — and larceny. 

The girl is induced to steal by a 
moMer-mind type of crook, an old 
feMow who wields a hypnotic influ- 
ence over her. Thai recalls "Tril- 
by," with the difference In Sven- 
gali's mesmertstic powers making 
Trilby sing Instead ot glonuning 
everything in Bight.. 

The master mind. It seems. Is a 
sort of philanthropic thief, having 
the girl "Raffles" bring In the loot 
to secure funds which the master 
mind turns over to the poor. 

A detective on the trail of the 
"Tho Satin Olrl," so named because 
she always wears satin, furnishes a 
sharp conflict that keeps the plot 
sizzling from barrier to Judges' 

Heart Interest Is provided through 
a doctor who, although suspecting 
the "Satin Girl" not to be on the 
up-and-up, loves her Just the same. 

Sliding cellar doors, dark, mysteri- 
ous underground chambers, stealthy 
footsteps, shadowy goings and com- 
ings and all the rest ot the mystery 
technic have Ijeen deftly interwoven 
In the yam. And yarn It Is — for 
just as the spectator is about to de- 
cide the tale is a bit theatrical a 
flash shows the heroine reading it 
out ot a book. It never happened, 
but it makes a very good story, 

The book-readirig thing Is a sec- 
ond cousin to the dream idea, which 
has been worked considerably in 
pictures; but this Is once where It 
doesn't appear to be dragged In as 

a aquarer, •• It happeoa along In u 
eaay, logical way that convlncea. 

Scenes at a society function arf 
prof>erIy staged. It really looks lik« 
a society racket. Instead of a Sat- 
urday night rumpus of the Bollsp 
Makers' Union in the local towo 

Mabel Forrest can aot, and doM 
ao with skill and intelligence. Thea 
there's Marc McDermott, a charac- 
ter actor who classes with the very 
best of the screen's handful ot good 
ones. Norman Kerry gives a dignU 
fled portrayal ot the M.D., and th* 
contributory parts art unusually 
well played. 

This film was part of a dotibla 
feature bill at Loew's New York, but 
It's strong enough to hold upon it* 
own in the average type of house, 




The tragic death of Marthft 
Mu>sfleld while on location near 
San Antonio, laat week, will not 
hinder the release ot Fox's "The 
Warrens ot Virginia," on which sha 
was working. That was the sub« 
stance of a statement made yes- 
terday by the Fox office.' 

Elmer Clifton, the director, haA 
been working on that picture for 
the past tw<o and a half months 
and had taken a company to Texas ... 
to take 'a tew remaining exterior 
shots. The>SB have been taken. 
What closeups of Miss Mansfield 
had been scheduled to be taken in 
Texas have been eliminated, but 
this, according to Fox, in no way 
hampers the production, which will 
not be released until next season as 
a special. Miss Mansfield will t>e 
featured, as was originally planned. 

Clifton and his company are ex- 
pected in New York early next 


Taliftn from tho novel by H. O. Wallii 
ftr,.1 lirpflcntett hy flcorgro H. I>av!a of 
the C B. C. Film Salea Corp. Directed 
by Maurirtt Klvcy. At the Stanley Not. 
'J$. Ilunnlns tlrnc. 70 minutes. 



All Exhibitors 
in Michigan 

Read our magazine published ever> 


If you want to reach this cllenleir 

there is no better medium. 

Rstss very low 


JACOB SMITH, Publithsr 
415 Free Press BIdg. DETROIl 

H. a. Wells, like most of the 
other great contemporaneous novel- 
ists, has written several books that 
seem more eloquent ot his pocket- 
book than ot his brain and soul. The 
penson unfamiliar with the book who 
sees this picture will feel sure that 
It is adapted from one of the "pot- 
hollers." Rut Wells' numerous ad- 
mirers cI.Tlm "Passionate Friends" 
to be one of the most searching and 
intelligently written of his books. 

Therefore, the deplorable port of 
the film is not that It is adapted 
from the Wells novel, but thiit It is 
so miserably adapted, and that H.G. 
himself, according to .in announce- 
ment, ,n«slsled with the direction. 
The plot .18 expounded in the pic- 
ture holds consider.! Me absorption 
and much of the delicacy of touch 
cli.iraolerizins tho Rritieh writer's 

It is .1 story of a's love for 
two women. The remarkable 
of it is both loves ,ire defended 
.nnd JvLitiflcd. The hero, jilted by 
[the pirl he ailores, marrle.'f another, 
who has lung cherished him. lie 
never loses the love for tho first 
woniiin, but with the pa.<i«ing years 
licconies more and more devoted to 
the little wife who, re.illzlng his 
heart is divided, has been sk) tol- 
er.'int. The husbJiml of the other 
woman la jealotie and suspicion^ 
and. belie ving there is c.tusc for 
divorce, threatens to sue his wife, 
montionln'.,- the hern ns corespondent 
The dimilusioni'd woman, al- 
though entirely Innocent, resolves to 
save the man she loves and the wife 
he is lenrnlng to care for. When all 
else falls she shoots herself. Her 
momor>' Is cherlohed by the man 


Ivondon. Nov. JO. 
The love story of Charles Stuart 
and Flora MacDonald is one ot the 
mo«t beautiful In hlstoryi and the 
period In which the'y lived one of 
the most romantic. In.jnaklng this 
latest fiaumont feature, C. C. Cal- 
vert has appeared to avoid these es- 
sential facts. There is not one thrill 
or heart-throb in the picture. It Is 
colorless and Inslncwe. The story 
as nimed is but a setting for many 
beautiful Illghland scenes. Beauti- 
fully photographed, these charm the 
eye — and that Is all there Is to Uils 
story of '45. One of the most no- 
table defects in the production 
rests in the pursuit and frequent 
escapes of the Young Pretender. 
Watching these, one gets the idea 
that Ciunberland's men went out 
deliberately to allow him to escape. 
The story keeps fairly close to 
history. Charles Stuart lands and 
is immediately surrounded by his 
faithful adherents. Edinburgh fall;; 
to him and at a state ball he meetx 
Flora MacDunald. It is a case of 
love at flrst sight and she becomes 
his chief recruiting officer — a kiss 
goes with each white cockade. Then 
comes defeat, and with Charles n 
fugttlve she etUl remains true aiiil 
eventually helps him to make good 
his escape. 

History records that the love be- 
tween these two was of a virgin 
purity. The picture makes it a 
placid sort of affair, and without 
historical knowledge and the sub- 
titles anyone would be excused for 
Imagining there waa no love as knows it for a man, but 
simply a staunch loyalty of a sub- 
ject for a prince. 

The playing cast Is a good one. 
From a point of view of sheer good 
acting. A, n. Imeson leads with a 
fine but unfortunately very small 
cb.Tracter study ot the Iluke of 
Cumberland. He looks a soldier .and 
a prince and more of him would 
have put some ginger Into the pic- 
ture. Hugh Miller glvee a very 
pood study of tho treacherous Rob- 
ert Frascr and Benson Klleve is as his hireling. Hon.ild Mac- 
I'hersjon. A little rh.trnetnr 
study comes from Bromley Devon- 
port as the Knglish ge<ieral, !Sir 
.Tohn Cope. Tho pros.nt call for 
big n.ames led to the engiging of 
Ivor Novello and Gladys Cooper for 
the leading parts. Novello turn-- 
out hotter than we expected, but 
h.xs little <if the soldier of fortiirfe 
about him, while Gladys Cooper'.^ 
performance of Flora MacPonald i^' 
chiefly an exposition of the phyHlci; 
be.auty of the player. Their love 
making they keep carefully to them 
selves and what the screen show 
of It might bo the timid adorati i 
of any love-slck couple surrouni-.- 
by none too sympathetic rs'lativ. 


Dec. 9th 

Eugene 9'Neiirs 
Pulitzer Prize Play 

A play of tremendous power and 

dramatic lire and stark realism. 
A play that took New York and 

London by storm. 
A picture with all the strength, 

the pathos and sheer beauty of 

the original. 


Blanche Sweet, William Russell, 

George Marion, Eugenie Besserer 




Directed by John Griffith Wray under the personal direction of 

Thomas H. Ince and adapted by Bradley King 

nr.^TRiniTKD by AS.S0(IATKD 

First National Pictures, Inc. 

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Thtvsday, December 6, 1923 




(Extra attraetiotu in picture theatrea, when not 
pictureM, will be carried and described in this depart- 
ment for the general information of the trade.) 



Dancing «ind Pantomima 

6 Mint.; FMI Stage (Special) 

McVickers, Chicago 

Chicago, Dec. 5. • 

This presentation Is particularly 

tnterreting, as it marks the advent 

et Alexandre Katchetovsky, who 

»ucceeded Boris Petroff. 

It Is a combination of pantomime 
and dance In which the pantomime 
l» fully as effective as the danclntr 
Itself and for this reason ranks 
higher than the average dancing 
lumber seen at McVickers recently. 
Vhere Is an elaborate set with 
liouses up In the mountains of Thr- 

^tary and a landscape feen in the 
distance which shows a stream mak- 

^g Its way between the mountains. 
Two men appear and by signs con- 
vey that one ta trying to sell some 
girls to the other. He removes a 
covering and three girls are seen 
crouching together, who get up and 
dance while the seller and pro- 
spective purchaser look on. The girl."! 
dance for a time, with Marjorie 
Llnken (who has been at McVickers 
under the Petroff regime), taking 
•he lead. Suddenly she iiears some 
•ne approaching and on comes the 
principal dancer (presumably Kat- 
chetovsky), who carries a hoop with 
a skin resembling the top of a drum 
and he rolls this, and uses It for 
ether effective, though mysterious, 
ri^s. His dancing Is very good. He 
evidently wants one of the girls, but 
has no money, for when It comes to 
a cla.vh between him and the pro- 
spective buyer he has nothing to of- 
fer, 80 the rich guy pitches up a bag 
of coins and the custody of the girls 
is given to him. He exits with the 
girls and the agony of the male dan- 
cer is the Hnal picture. 

"AIDA" (6) 


S Mint.; Full Stage; Special 

McVickers, Chicago 

Chicago. Dec. 5. 

Lydia VanOlIder takes the role of 
"Amnerls," the princess, and Bes- 
sie Kaplan the role of "Alda," the 
slave, and render the duet from the 
second act of the opera "Alda" with 
an elaborate Egyptian setting with 
a niche up at top of the stage center 
In which three musicians play 
"Alda" trumpets. 

The singers, who arc regulars at 
McVickers, do very well, and have 
valuable assistance from H. Leopol,d 
Spltalny'a orchestra In the pit. The 
setting has been used before at Mc- 
Vickers, though special for Ihinot- 
ferlng now presented for the third 


Had Chicago Site for Theatre, but 
Lease At High Rental 

C.iicago, Dec. 5. 

The Ascher Brothers, who plan- 
ned a theatre at 16-30 West \V.a.-»h- 
Ington street, have disposed of the 
leasehold to the Washlngtbn Amuse- 
ment Co., which claims It will build 
a large movie and vaudeville play- 

The amount paid for the lease- 
hold is $70,000 annually "for five 
years from May 1, 1924, $78,000 for 
the next five years and $85,000 per 
annum for the next five years. 

A report that Paramount would 
have the theatre Is denied. 

The new Washington theatre 
company Includes B^ftha Fcigcn 
Richard M. Harvey and John C. 
Sturtiel. of Chicago; Charles K. 
Erven, of Milwaukee; Ell Lcven, of 
Detroit; George B. Frellson, of 
Tenncree, and A. A. Gamblli, of 
^irmlnKhrlm. Ala. 

time In ei.>;hlcen months with nlteni- 
tlone. It is a pleasing number and 
at the lirst show Monday was re- 
warded with moderate applause. 

The hearing on the grand larceny 
charge nfade against Horace Good- 
man. 22, of 631 West 136lh street, 
and Peter Coy, 24. of 67 Jack-son 
sii-eet, Stapleton, S. I., usher and 
motion picture oi)erat8r, respec- 
tively, at the Village, US Eighth 
avenue, was postpone until next 
Tuesday when the case was called 
before Magistrate Prothlngham in 
the West Side Court yesterday. 

The dcfeiiilants were arrested on 
Nov. 27 on the complaint of Joseph 
Sieder, film di.s'tribulor, of 727 Sev- 
enth avenue, who alleges that Good- 
man and Coy, acting In concert, 
sto:e six reels of film valued at 
$250. from his odlce on that day. 
Goodman, it is alleged, carried off 
the reels and -later turned them 
over to Coy, who, it is paid, was 
to dispo.-c of them. Detectives de- 
clared they found more than adoaen 
stolen reels when they searched 
Coys home following the nrresf. 

Tom Humlin, fo;mcrly -Vew York 
rcpresrnt.ltive for rcslonil picture 
papers, yc»<terday returned to his 
old Job on the staff of "Motion Pict- 
ure News." 


Jack Gardner, husband of Louise 
Dreaser, who Is In New York at 
present, got a letter from the coast 
this week which Infortued him that 
his wife had moved her picture 
make-up for the first time In 14 
months and that she starts worlc 
this morning on the Goldwyn lot 
under the direction of* Rupert 
Hughes in "J'rue as Steel." For 
more than a year until this week 
Miss Dresser has constantly been 
employed on the Liaeky lot In Loa 


IxM Angeles, Dec. S. 
The Hollywood film colony Is still 
stirred up over the forcible termi- 
nation by police of -the directora' 
ball last Tuesday night. The cops 
made the dancers stop at midnight 
sharp, under a local ordlnancV, and 
Fred Nlblo made a speech uphold- 
ing them. ^Thls did not help the 
feelings of those trotters who 
wanted to keep on, pointing ou.t that 
cafe dancing la permitted till 1 a. m. 


10 Mint.; Full Stage 
Capitol, New York 

This is a very colofful prelude to 
the feature picture at the Capitol 
this week. It contains a lot of pic- 
torial material, 8on>e vocalizing and 
a dance number. However, the acts 
and the manner In which they are 
presented Is what puts the preeen- 
tatlon over. 

Rothafel has utilized the system 
cf the fade In and fade out that Is 
so oft used on the screen for his 
principal stage effect. There Is an 
opaque hanging used In front cf the 
•tage behind which the sets are 
placed and then by back lighting 
they are shown to the audience. It'a 
most effective the manner In which 
h Is being handled. 

The first set shows an ^terlor 
With 12 singers grouped plctur- 
•squely. At the conclusion of the 
Pastorale number It fades out and 
then at one aide of the stage three 
bells are shown ringing the Angelus, 
after which there Is a fade out of 
this, and In comes a tableau of Mil- 
let's painting. For the finish there 
Is a minuet and a gypsy dance at 
the finish, shown In a large Interior 
Of a Palace, from this at the fade- 
out the feature picture of the pro- 
gram fades In. the whole getting 
Over with a distinct wallop. Fred. 

Singing and Dancing 
7 Mint.; Full Stage (Special) 
Chicago, Chicago 

Recently the preeentatlons at the 
Chicago theatre have not always 

, been up to the standard established 
some timo-ago, but this one comes 
back In true form. It Is gorgeous 
In a scenic way, first class a^ to 
ability of those participating and 
exceptional from a novelty stand- 
, point. As It Is. It makes a good 
prolog for the picture, "The Green 
Goddess!" Benjamin Land.sman Is 
the "Rajah" and a dancer comee 
before him In his palace and per- 
forms. The curtain rises back of 
her and a tableau la disclosed with 
four fellows holding up a platform 
on which is a bronze Idol, sur- 
rounded by girls. 

At first It seomfi a "living picture" 

effort. After holding the post for a 

time the people relax and four 
dancers support the first dancer. 
' Virginia Glenn, In a pretty number 
Later Georgia Ingram, who Is the 
Idol and Is not recognized as being 

■ a living person until she moves, 
comes to the renter of the stage and 
dances with great artistry. When 
she returns to her position on the 
.platform, and Is lifted up once 
more, the curtains close. 



From the Camous play by 



Cast includes Claude gUlingwater, Forrest Stanley. 
\Jo$eph D<nvlin^,Sam DeQrasse, Theodore VonElti and others 

Aa Seen by the Press ! 

]>*nk Klllott, In Motion PIctnre Vewt — "Ilcrr I* 
» picture! • • • conlelnlns every el«iii«nt that 
(tamp* a maaterpieee • • • the ■liinax Is a 

AilMfi m. John-nrenoB, la Maralnc Talccraph— 
'An ereot that has Imic beca awaited • • • 
tbe aadleoee at th* Rlvoll was kept aa the edsca 
of their seaU. Hldneit Franklla has handled the 
■ItoatleiM well." 

Vitrtetx — "I^nqrs Vlria has ereated a HtImc. 
hreathlns rharaeter— eerren person — In "Ttser Boee.' 
Ifrr perfomuinee Is as IndlTldoal aad eofiTlnelns 
■« her part In ■KIki.' » 

llarlelte Cnderhlll, la New Tark Trlbaaa— "The 
David nelaeco-Wlllcird Mack play, which Warner 
Mrutiiere have put on the fcrcen, holds one more 
tlmn any plctorc of the eert we can remember.'* 

New York Kveninc Telesram — 'Vhe dim ta as 
KiKid ae a plax ami haii the adde<I^erlt of solas- 
Injr oat Into a wider ephere of actios.** 

Alan Dale, In the New York Amerteaa— "Th* 
x-enm are n<lmlmhle. There are what one mlsht 
itlmoftt call 'llelaneo effertn.' There la the Ush^ 
nins lliMt daitlea, and there la the rainntarm that 
W aHtountlinKly flrrre, and devaetntina. It seemed 
like Uelanco let looee for the oceaelon.** 

<|ulnn MnHln. In New York World— "l,arse aad 
rather eirlird rrowda runhed Into the RiToU rea- 
IrrdMy and ISNt niclit.'* 

New Vnrk Kveninc WorM — " 'Tlser Raiio' Is •- 
tliie picture, Hnrly done and rroily olioaldn't be 

.\rw Vurk Fv^nlna Journal — " 'Tlser Roee* Is 


^r t VA V^VTT^^^^ V^h V^ ^X ^^ r.^mna journal — " 'Tiaer Rom* 

M Af A 1^1^ B4 U 1^ I ll ■& ' '•inK-llilnic for uhlrli llie niin fun ran hr lliiinkfu 

Classics of the Screen 

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Charaetar Songa 

97 Mina.; One and Full Staga 

Spaeial Sat 


Wilkle l!;ii(1 romrns to Now 
^Olii this week at the I'nkuie, New 
■ToVk, after an absence of four years. 
yearn. His la^l nppoarunce was at 

Bard Is iloing two of the char- 
MCteriza-tions h did before upon his 
latit appearance, line for line and 
gag for gag. He Is booked at the 
Palace for two weeks and is to do 
another turn next week. 

Bard'a reception vfndlcateil the 
bookinf; and choice of act. for he 
was a tremendous hit as the "dame" 
who wants to sing opera bit a 
low comedy cbisslc. Bard's a».<iis- 
tant works as a plant from a st iso 
box blb Mr. Humdimralok for some 
droll croaiiflrc. 

"The Night Watchman" followed 
In a full stage set. Nothing funnier 
than Burd's attempt to "make" the 
aotresa ha«- been seen In v.iudrvllle. 
Sard's quiet comedy methods, his 
exquisite knowledge of values and 
light and sluido make his comedy 
characterization of the "Watch- 
man" atand out like a oameo. 

The experience he gleaned upon 
hta last visit has made him ture 
of himself before^ an American 
audience and r«flect.s In his work. 
Hia turn ran for 37 minutes of 
almost continuous laughter. 

Burd'a repeat turn Is new to the 
present generation and contains 
enough comedy meat, measured liy 
American standard.^, to in.sure him 
anywhere. • The character actor of 
ability has almost been smothered 
under the deluge of jazz bands and 
revuos, but is due for a rebirth It 
the reception accorded the Rnglish 
comic at the conclusion of his turn 
at the Palace is a criterion. Con. 

Singing and Dancing 
12 MIns.; One 
American Roof 

Aside from some rather good ec- 
centric dancing by the man, there 
is very little to be praised in the 
•work of this mixed team. Both have 
negative personalities and weak 
singing voices, wMIe the material — 
songs, gags and Meae — appears to 
have been siJected In elovenly, hur- 
ried fashion. 

Some talk decrepit with age and 
palsied with cl>^p nifties opens the 
turn witli the tomperattire freezing. 
The flop continues as a double song 
la delivered in lacka<lalslcal style. 
Both then attempt to dance, the 
man eucceeOing and the woman 
looking an it she'd have been better 
oft had tihe left the stage to her 
partner. She then struggles with a 
cheap ballad and a cheaper recita- 
tion. Some more sad hoke follows 
ami then the man saves the turn 
from periling completely by flnieh- 
li'g up with a strong eolo dance. 

Pretty poor stuff this for a Loew 
house, even though It played the 
spot where not much la expected of 
on act. the deuce. 

Ballet (two acts) 
Oiiera, Paria 

Paris, No\'. "«e. 

lA-on Bakst la res|>on»lble for the 
new ballet presented with success 
at the Oi)era la»t week. The music 
of "l*'i Null Knsorcelie (The Be- 
witched Night) has been arranged 
by Kmlle VuilleMioz from the pre- 
ludes of Chopin, orchestred by 
I.K)Uls Aul)ert, and conducted by Ph. 
t}aubert, the special score t>elng 
puldished by V. Salabert. 

T)i« .scenario in slight but pretty: 
Two little prlncessfs retire for the 
night In the room where their toys 
are kept. A fairy animates their 
dolls, and all indulge in a Joyous 
party. However, Paganinl, as Ital- 
ian doll. Is of a jealous nature, and 
he Incite.'! the two favorites of the 
royaJ children to fight a duel, both 
being killed. The other puppets, in 
disgust, wipe the floor with Paga- 
ninl. which slaugliter arouees the 
household. The animated dolls van- 
ish Kick into their cupboard as by 
magic when three stately auhts of 
the little prlnces.see appear on the 
scene, having been ttlarmed by the 
valet, and cider their vardg back 
to their bedroom, not l)elievlng a 
wiM-d of the wonderful adventures 
of that Bewitching Night. 

The fai#- story is delightfully told 
in dance to Chopin's music, hia pre- 
lude in F minor, for Instance, ap- 
propriately serving for Pag.aninl's 
anger when tfle other dolls mock 




Comedy Skit 
14 Mins.; One (Special) 
American Roof 

This i« tliu old n.ivis ami Darnc'.l 
vehicle, for several years one of the 
brightest of fixtures on the two-a- 
day. It Is now beinc pl.iyed by an 
unbilled couple, who should have success with 11 on tlu- 
wniall time, liut It will not be able 
to elicit as coiKlupivly ii" I" "i'' 
belter houses, because Its humor in 
subtle and delicate rather tlian 
boisterous and obvious. 

The youns pair pla.vinp; It now .are 
very aLceplalilo in their part.-", al- 
though the man lacks much of 
Krank IVivis's glil> and facile methiid 
of "throwing tlie bull." In adUilion 
to reailint; t^e spavkllnK liiie.s well, 
linth ('iiig and dance wllh charm 
aiul si>irit. Were the big time tlie- 
ntres not no tliorouchly inundaieil 
with the skit as it was better i>layed 
by the original team, the present 
couple would have llltle difllcuUy 
'.ravcHni? the circuit suecesstull.v. 

PAUL RAHN and Co. 
Piano, Talk and Songs 
15 Mins.; Full Stage 
Special Drops (2) 
23rd St, 

Paul Bahn wa.i last In the feast 
when partnered wllh Valerie Beck. 
His present ri'l p.nrtner Is unpro- 
gramod. The act opens with Rahn 
.and the girl doinp; a "night owl" and 
'chicken' double in costume, perched 
on the sill of a large French window. 
Some cross-fire is followed by a 
travestied prohibition reclt.atlon by 
the "owl." The recitation was well 
written, but not particularly funny 
— it's only excuse — and drawn out. 

The girl, meanwhile, has changed, 
and goes to the piano. Rahn, after 
a change to street attire, sings about 
a vaudeville cook book. He wears a 
chefs hat. The song serves as an 
introduction for "Doesn't Mean a 
Thing," a pop song that sounded 

Stories and a recitation by Bahn 
followed. "Cake Eatei:^," a comedy 
song, was well handled. A couple 
of dialect stories was followed by 
"Down at Madame Dooley's Beauty 
Shop." a good comedy lyric. "Baby 
Niimes," an encore, meant nothing. 

Ralin needs direction. He has a 
plcaslMfj personality and can deliver 
songs. His stories, when attempting 
dialect, are almost amateurish and 
won't pass big league muster. The 
opening means nothing and can go 
out. His forte is the tinging. He 
needs two more punch numbers to 
be set. 

The t.ilk can be boiled down to a 
mlni.'nun'.. lis a sniaW timer in its 
jjreseiii sh;ipe. ^ Cott. 


Film Talk, Songa, Piano 
15 Mina.; Ona and Thraa 
American Roof 

Billy Mason from pictures la said 
to have played for Lioew last season. 
It la therefore surxlatns that the 
nim comedian hasn't proflted by hia 
vaudeville experience and outfitted 
himself with a real act Judging 
from the general film studio shut- 
down. Mason may have to troupe It 
in the thrice daily for many weeks 
and he could help his picture rep 
by a good act rather than risk It 
with this lightweight routine. 

Were another mixed team to essay 
the same stuff Mason and his blonde 
accompanists are selling. It would 
have tough time getting a small 
time route. The'act starts impres- 
sively with a short reel showing 
Mason's various poses in as many 
get-ups, with the constant change 
of a studio entrance sign to denote 
he has worked for Metro. Christie, 
Ince. Keystone, et al. He Is fea- 
turedon the three sheets as a Chris- 
tie Comedy star for which he is best 
known probably. That's an alright 
opener. particularly when its 
coupled with such trivial caption.-, 
as "I'nlted Cigar Stores presents" 
and "supported by Presjdent Sus- 
penders." etc. 

Mason's entrance la an attempted 
naive "sneak-In" to stave oft the 
entering reception he feels certain 
of receiving. PossUjIy five jMiirs ot 
hands came together Monday night; 
that was all the reception he got. 
Ho hops around energetically and 
manages to cover up for a while into 
a ' smile"* song. . Fair. 

AI.a.'On'R get-up is grey trousers, 
blue jacket and vest, wing collar, 
silk topper, and striped tie of red' 
and grey. No mistaking that tie 
and his blonde assistant later tried 
it for a laugh. He pulled the fa- 
miliar about "don't let the tie fool 

He crosstalks with the girl and 
attempts some "wise" lines- about 
the movies that should be side- 
stepped for general reasons. Hi" 
later let the audience In on the 
secret that the blonde girl has been 
his wife for nine years and she an- 
nounced herself entitled to a medal 
of distinction for keeping him that 
long — and In pictures. 

Mason for the closer announced 
he knows Fairbanks, Pickford, Mix. 
Pola Negri and others and volun- 
teered to give any information on 
pictures, stars, how to get into the 
movies, etc. That's the best idea 
yet, but no one volunteered to In- 
terrogate and Mason bowed off. He 
could well utilize a plant for a prop 
question or two and thus encourage 
legitimate Inquiries, Also, re the 
Negri mention. Mason said he knew 
her before Chaplin did but didn't 
Ret as much publicity out ot It al- 
though she was in better company 

Mason has a picture rep. a per- 
sonable front plus real personalit; 
that could be utilized to better ad- 
v.Tntage than the current vehicle, 
which doubtlessly Is sufficient for 
the Loew circuiting. .■\brt. 


Pianolas, 8«nga and Danoaa 

'M Mina.| On* and PuM (fipttAtH 

^BCh Btraai 

Bttly Rhodes la a llksabla Jvvenlle 
who did a piano act ovar tfaa ma- 
dium time. Ha haa taken pnactl- 
caUy tlie same formula and embet^ 
lished It with soma n»w scenery and 
a quartet of talented and good- 
looking girls. 

Rhodes comes on for an Introduc- 
tory number in "one." The act goes 
to full, with the Klrls introduced as 
from Liondon, Paris, Spain and Maw 
York. All five go into a neat dance 
ensemble, taking the girls oft and 
leaving Rhodes on for a pianolog. 
The girls return In tasteful costumes 
for specialty bits, some singing and 
dancing, done Individually, and join 
forces for some clever precision 
t>allet stuff. 

Rhodes does another number at 
the piano. The girls return for an- 
other ensemble. All Join In a wed- 
ding flnale that Is worked up to a 
punch pitch with some fast step- 

The act went over In fine style in 
closing spot. It Is a neat flash for 
any m^ium bill. 



18 Mins.; Full Staga 


Mabel McKinley was a standard 
act in vaudeville for several years, 
leaving that field some four or five 
years ago, since which time she 
has appeared in concert. 

Miss McKinley, who is a niece of 
the late I'resident, had a good 
soprano voice all through her pre- 
vious vaude\illo career, but now 
it^s better than it ever was. 
Smoother and with a velvety rl -h- 
ness . in the lower and middle 
registers a.nd exact in pealing forth 
the precise note gone after in the 
high register. Never a miss of even 
a fraction of .a tone in the highest 

Miss McKiiiley'a phrasing and 
general singing style suggest the 
re-sults of careful study and in- 
tensive application and with all of 
her evident training she isn't too 
"concerty" for vaudeville. 

A waltz song with technical fire- 
works, a medley ot standards such 
as "Last Rose ot Summer," a cur- 
rent pop ballad, with a recitation 
and "Ave Maria" comprise Miss 
MoKlnley's vaudeville repertoire, 
and it's a go«d one, with a wide 
range of song styles that should 
cover pretty near the entire field 
of vocal likes and dislikes. * 

John E. Daley played the piano 
accomi»niments and did them 
capably. Miss McKinley was No. 3 
at the River.side and held the spot 
surely. She will fit Into' the cur- 
rent bills in the best houses just 
as well as she ever did. BcU. 


Musical Skit 

15 Mins.; Three (Special) 

American Roof. 

.\ Lew Cantor act. The turn car- 
ries a cross-section ot two adjaci'nt 
apartments: a m.ile qunrtet in one, 
« girl In the nthrv. Si.rne hiinht 
calk and twists to Kit wha' pITTr 
there Is over smaitl\ f ill"\vs. mak- 
ing .-oom for the Ijiilwnk of the 
frame-up. nice liMrmoni/iiiir willi 
'{he prlm.i leading tho en^enilil'- 

That Is the act In> and 
should prove a flash for' the Loew 
grade theatres. The tour men are 
•well appearing, each cipaUlo vocal- 
fat* ind the wopvin slands out 
.brlsfhtlv. •-""''• 

Comedy Act. 

15 Mins.; One — .^ — .^ 


Beri Yorke and Kd. Lord have 
been teamed for some time as a nut 
comedy combo, but it's a dark se- 
cret as yot, aiijiarenily, .as far as 
Variety's New Act files are con- 
cerned. So it looks as it it's time 
ihiy were Xew-Acted. 

licitli follow the ICn^'lish style of 
comedy somewhat. Lord more than 
Yorke, and both are funny. Yorke Is 
an excellent dancer, and Lord 
plays the oboe well, an instrument 
seldom used nowrid.iys by vaudeville 
acts, even liy jazz bands -and the 
reason Is heciiuse It's just .about ten 
times harder to play than a saxo- 
phone, to which family of musical 
insti uments it is distantly related. 

The act Is made up of comedy Mtt; 
Willi tile impression Kiven th;it tlj*' 
team iiie ad it isn't the ma- 
terial III this instanci — it's the way 
ir.s handled makes it click un- 
failingly, and when It comes to ma- 
leiial the stiitf e«isily avenges up 
with aii.v used h.v the ](re.«?erit day 
erifirit ic rnniliiiiations. 

The use et "Damned clever, those 
(''hliie:^', ' ."JlliUUn be dropjH'd. it be- 
longs to some one Outsl<le of 
that, the stuff is Inosily anyliody'ti 
who can nuike It tunny. 

Tlu' te:iiH eliK-id the show at tile 
Kivciside and kept them yelling all 
the w.iy. They can h"01d any old 
spot in any v.iude\ille hiiuse in the 
einiiury (or. lie-iiles belnK sure fire 
rimiirs. llie,v:re dilfeient, and tliils 
Important lit vatidoville always. 

Song and Dance 
15 Mins.; Ona 
American Roof 

Two youngsters, nice looklnpr and 
probably not over 22 at the outside. 
The youthful appeal, coupled with 
their expert legmanla and evident 
i desire to please should keep them 
working on the small time. 

They open with an "East Side, 
West Side Blues." Both essay vocal 
solos, the short chap favoring a 
comedy number. His partner clicks 
with a pop ballad. Each follow up 
with solo soft shoe specialties and 
the finish Is a fast gctawa.. of vari- 
egated buck and wing. The tliort 
chap Incidentally sliows some new 
uerobatic steps. 

They whanged in the deuce at the 
American. Ahrt, 

Songs, Talk anci Piano 
15 Mina.; Ona 
American Roof. 

This Is ,1 new routine for Lillian 
Watfon. contributed by Andy Rice. 
A female accompanist Is discovered 
on with the comedienne. niaUiiiK a 
rriitre curtain entrance. She has a 
brl(!t but smart opeiiliiR ditty. A 
cleverly t'oinled "me<lieiin? ch..»t " 
number next with the big punch of 
tho' act, .1 dialect poker number 
wllh about five minutes siiapp.v 

tallc in between for the encore le- 
caller. A pop number closed. 

Miss Watson Is a turn worthier 
of better than American Roof dat"s. 
It (hould n.itter some of the galler\ 
roUKhneild who made themselves 
unduly evident In th« course of tin 
bill, .the!.' 


Vocal and Dance Novelty 
6 Mina. 
Rivoli, New York 

This Is a combination posing, vo- 
cal and ballet Interlude tits 
nicely for the picture houfies. There 
aro four people concerned in the 
presenl.ition. The stage is set with a 
giant Dresden china clock with two 
figures, one on each side. In a room 
that Is In keeping with tho clock. 
Above it on either side are hung two 
supposedly oil painting. These are 
ot a man and .a woman and they 
are the spots where Miriam Lax, 
soprano, and Themy Georgl, tenor. 
are hidden. They have a duet. 
"When You and I Were Young. 
Maggie" at the conclusion ot which 
the clock etilkes 12 and It.s face 
lights, at wliich the two figures on 
either side coino to life and offer a 
dance number that resembles a 
miiuiet. at the finish of which they 
returned to their places. 

It Is a neat flash that is not too 
costly to reproduce. I'rrtt. 


Roller Skating 

8 Mins.; Full Stage (Special) 

Fifth Avenue 

Formerly comedy ice skaters, tlu.^ 
masculine duo have simply switi hed 
their routine on to rollers and a 
special mat for results that predict 
a healthy career ;is an ojieiiij^g turn 

The pair previously appe;ired al 
Healy's Golden (Hades at the tini'- 
the ice chuiv was in vogue there, al- 
though the taller ot the two ami 
"danie ' impersonator m.iy have a.- 
(|uired a new iiarlner since tien 
Lillier w.i.v. the eiiup'e offer a rou- 
tine wliieh carries plenlj of a( tloii. 
scores for comedy value .and pro- 
vides sullieient qu.ilily to lie alile to 
lead off any of the twice daily kills 
now current. 

The hou^e emplialically eiiJii.Ncd ii 
Monday nlulit. Hkh/. 

CoNiad]!^ Wnotng and OancMg 
17 MinM P«H atacra (CpaaM) 
23rd 9t. 

Peror Bronaon -wtm for aaveral 
rears on the b<sr tlmb with b(a wifa. 
lyinnla Baldwin, appeartnc last la 
one </t Ja^ lilt's act*. About « 
year agt> the couple separated, both 
on the 8ta«re and off, and now Bi-on* 
son to with a new partner. I^e Is 
Miss Hope, probably the Peggy 
Hope, who was once In Loi^LocIc* 
ett's turn. 

Th$ new combination hits, but 
there should he some revision of 
the routine to make It ready for 
the best ot the two-a-day, Bron- 
son does his familiar character and 
souse bits and sings a topical song 
carrying many laughs, although 
several are of the wrong kind. Miss 
Hope, best described as petite, is 
Invaluable as a partner. She Is not 
only cute and pretty, but knows how 
to exploit her prettlness of form and 
face to the nth degree. Her talents 
arc best appreciated when, after de- 
livering a song In a voice which In 
any one else would be declared ter- 
rible, she scores an unqualifled suc- 

Bronson'a voice la bettef, although 
he, too, has more personality than 
vocal powers to brag about. Both 
members dance sufflciently well to 
get by with the moderate stepping 
attempted. The turn is well set up 
and Miss Hope's costumes .excep- 
tionally eye- filling. 



Russian Vaudeville 

25 Mina.; Full Staga; Eight Scansa 


Beteki has utsed portions ot his 
present act in previous vaudeville t 
turns, or this may be the same turn 
he was reviewed In by Variety in 
1920. but with a number ot features 
added as well as a new production 

There are six people, three men, 
three women. In the present turn. 
All are Russians, or appear to bo 
from the style ot working and tho 
entertainment offered. Eight scenic 
changes, all highly artistic and ~ 
unique In that respect, through be- 
ing painted in the bizarre Russian 
art style— bright colors prettily 
blended and futuristic jinos suggeet- 
^ng all ot the modem painting 

After Befeki makes an announce- 
ment telling of what the troupe pro- 
poses to do, a man and woman offer 
a number that utilizes the small 
figures with human heads that Jolly 
Fannie Rice was identified with for 
many years. This is a Buss sons 
and it's quaintly funny notwith- 
standing the fact of the foreign lan- 
guage It's sung in — funny to thosa 
who understand tho lingo and thosa 
who don't. Sailor clad dance by 
Beteki that discloses hlra as a' 
crackerjack step dancer, a toy num- 
ber with two ot tho girls going 
through the mechanical motions of 
dolls — but with an Individuality an* 
charm that more than discounts tho 
ago ot the idea, accordion solos by- 
one of the men that stamps him as 
a wizard on the Instrument, a Rus- 
sian folk song nnd dance, toe dances 
by the women and songs by both" 
men 'and women are among the nu- 
merous specialties. 

The Befeki act easily tops any of 
the prevlniiR Riiss turns In vaude- 
ville since the craze started that are 
composed strictly of specialty art^ 
islfl and do not carry a band. 

There's none of the cut and dried 
hock-steppIng or spins of the con- 
ventional RiiKS dancing acts or any- 
thing that has been overdone over . 
here for that matter. 

Tho turn did very well at the Riv- 
erside. It should In any flnst-class 
vaudeville house because It has the 
goods. BrU, 

Songs and Juggling 
15 Mins.; One (Special Drop) 
58th St. 

A mixed team, who have built the 
conventional juggling Oct into a 
production. The man handles the 
Juggling and comedy small talk with 
the girl depending upon tho song 
trimmings as her contribution. Both 
set over exceptionally well. 

A drop in "one" representing a 
show window of a fashionable hat 
shop pruvidca.tUcjSfittitlSLiiatlLXsmiE- 
on for an introductory song, a 
few seconds of cross-lire and then 
the man noen Into tho usual routine 
lit hat jugglins;. His stunts nro 
broken up by two solos by the girl, 
who has n trained col.itura soprano 
Voice. Tile follows wi'h more 
jui;«linc; and both no into a duet for 
n linish. 

The 1 ouple have a fine opener for 
the medium bills, ^ _—r-. - 






Thursday, December 6, 1923 




«IN MUSIC LAND" (1ft) ^ 

Dancing, Singinfl and Inttrumantal. 
(6 Mina.| Full 8tag4^ and On* (8pe- 


Som« one haa "spread Joy" In pre- 
aenting this act, because It looks as 
thoucrh It takes real coin not only to 
get It togeth«r but to keep It ffolnsr. 
The producer Is said to be one of the 
jrlrt piano players, who i«ii4tppeartng 
unilor an assumed name. It Is un- 
derstood a certain Loew agent was 
tho r«al force In putting it on. It la 
a pretentious offering, employing 
specialized muslcLins and dancers 
And many changes of costume. 

Opening In full stage, It discloses 
a nine-piece band, with three pianos 
handled by women. A popular fox Is 
played with a good deal of rhythmi- 
cal pep, although the additional 
pianos hardly make themselves no- 
ticeable. The leader la the fiddler, 
capable except tor some very exag- 
gerated knee motion a la Whlteman. 
Two girls are next, with a neatly 
performed double dance. 

Then the featured singer, Edith 
Murray, a red-head with the shape- 
liest pedot architecture seen ih 
months and the re.vt of the figure 
match; makes her ap|)earancc, and 
the thermometer begins to rir:e. A 
Russian dance by Helma. Anderson 
serves as a lull, and then Virginia 
Roche, the other "name," does a 
South Sea wiggle that makes others 
look like a marble statue in repoRC. 

By this time the State crmvd is 
realizing they are getting their SOc. 
worth, and there follows more chal- 
lenge to Mr. Sumner when Miss 
Murray returns to deMver two "blue" 
blues, with the naughty lyrics em- 
phasized at the right (or wrong ns 
rhe cap.e rfay be) time. The blue 
ends here, and the first scene con- 
cludes with some undistinguIshcJ 
piano work by the three women In 

The scene slilfts to "one." Up to 
now It has been a good "flash," with 
nothing exceptional but the frank 
sex appsQl. But then originality, 
OUass and distinction make their ap- 
pearance. Dressed in handsome pat- 
ent leather suits with knickerbock- 
ers and silk hose the six boys of the 
band enter as a saxophone sextet. 
After some preliminary instrumental 
work an equal numlier of girls, the 
three daVicers and three pianlstes, 
also costumed in stunning patent 
leather gowns, join them. A Dixie 
number leads to a medley of old- 
tim-e songs, inciudlng, naturtilly 
enough, the famous "Florodora" sex- 
tet. Colored lights on the shiny 
Mack costumes find the pretty set 
make a lovely picture as, back in. 
full stage, the sextet idea Is ex- 
pounded In dance, song and sax 
playing. It is a striking scene, 
worthy of Hassard Short or John 
Murray Anderson, and It won a 
well-deserved encore. 

With a few rough spots ironed and 
%ith the cooch dance modified and 
the zippy lyrics expurgated (as will 
doubtless be nece.ssary sooner or 
later) the turn looks set to become 
a standard on the three-a-day. It 
should not only get across, but 
Mould be hailed as one of the bright- 
est and most coitorful acts of its kind 
In vaudeville. v 

Eccantrio Comedy 
10 Mina.; Full Stag* 
%tat«-Lak*, Chicagg 

Chicago, Dec. 5. 

Clyde Cook, screen comedian, 
%lth a couple of assistants, who 
Do little more than work up the 
tormedy, gives vaudeville audiences 
a aplendld Impression of the fllm 
oomics and, while opening Just a 
little slowly ait. the first show Sun- 
Say, Boon developed speed and fin- 
ished excellently. 

Cook Is a dandy eccentric dancer, 
bontributes meritorious pantomimic 
comedy, and in a single song In 
the routine evidenced vocal ability. 
Ho may have really forgotten the 
words at one place In the song, 
or he may have Just been fooling, 
being showman enough to cover up 
this slip. If such It -mas. 

The setting is a residence por- 
tion of a city and Cook enters as 
a cleaner of street lamps, carrying 
a ladder, lie places It and much 
of the pantomimic comedy Is de- 
pendent upon this ladder. He walks 
up the rounds three different times 
In the act, climbing as though, go- 
ing up steps. When his assistants 
play pranks with his empty bucket 
and apparently annoy the worker 
and finally take down his ladder he 
does a stunt on what then re- 
sembles a trapeze which Indicates 
that he might go In for circus 
Blunts without being lost. 

His comedy Is of a nature sel- 
dom encountered In Vaudeville and 
■ Js worthy of classification with the 
leading clown stunts while main- 
taining in general character the 
nature of ao eccentric dancing 

QIRLS (6) 


18 Mins.; Full 8tag« (Spfeial 8«U 

and Drapaa) 

Mile. Audree and six beautiful, 
perfectly formed girls, exceptionally 
fine costumes and scenic effects, 
with a m.-tn (Rudolph Malinoff) as- 
sisting in the adagio and final num- 
bers, also contributing a solo Rus- 
sian gavotte, have a classy diver- 
tftscmont which only needs a little 
rearrangement or stage management 
to take its place with the best of 
similar offerings on the best of pro- 

As it is, the blase Audubon regu- 
lars (and the house was only half 
full Wednesday night) accorded 
each number liberal applause and 
four legitimate curtains at th-; con- 
clusion of the act. A butterfly toe 
dance opens the act after the beau- 
tiful front drop in one is raised and 
discloses the four girls behind a 
gorgeous transparency with a rose 
bower backing. The Canco is splen- 
didly executed, all the girls being 
fine dancers. This Is followed by 
an ecceHtrlc legmanla dance by 
two other girls (in one), also well 
done. The adagio. In which Mile. 
Audree Is assisted l)y the man, is a 
suite of graceful leaps and po.ntur- 
ings, wbicb shows the er^al eleva- 
tion Audree has in her lifts. 

An exquisite silken cyuturuma Is 
used for this as well as tho follow- 
ing number,, a Syrian 8cimit#r dancs 
by a trio of the girls, which is odd 
and graceful. Mr. Mallnoff then In- 
trodui^s his Russian dance, which 
does not vary a great deal from the 
usual routine, but Is well done. The 
feature spot of the act i.i tho in- 
terpretive dance, "The Klorm." by 
Mile. Audree, solo. Vv'ith only a 
band uf leaves about the bust and 
full trunks of the same design, the 
perfect symmetry of Mile. Audree Is 
displayed through a gauzy fichu 
worn as a cloak, and even the wom- 
en in the audience comment on 
the artistic beauty of tho semi- 
nude form. Her dance Illustrates 
the terror of the dancer on the 
bursting of the storm, her attempt 
to flee from It. and finally being 
struck down by a lightning bolt. 
Another change of scene s^ows a 
Persian palace with the girls as 
odalisques In a well executed 
typical dance, Audree and the man 
concluding the act with a spirited 
semi adagio pas de deux, the girls 
posing in a pretty finale with them. 

It Is a beautiful flash act, po- 
tentially for the big time, with re- 
arrangement of the,numbcrs for the 
sake of speed in the action, and an 
increase of tempo in the dances. 



16 Mins.; Full 8tage (Special) 

Seth 8t. 

Catalano Is a baritone with a 
pleasing voice. He hts surrcunded 
himself with a trio of dancing girls 
and a male piano accompanist. A 
rich satin setting provides an ade- 
quate setting for the happy mixture 
of songs and dances. 

The girls open with a neat ensem- 
ble, costumed In tasteful minstrel 
garb, topping It oft with a neat 
dance. Catalano comes on In Ital- 
ian officer's costume and parodies 
"Old Gang." Kach of the girJs have 
their Inning for solo dancing as a 
follow up, one doing an old-fash- 
ioned dance and the other leaning 
toward that of the snappier variety. 

Catalano returns for a wop com- 
edy number. The girls counter 
with another snappy dance ensem- 
ble, A Spanish song and dance by 
all four la worked up to a peppy 

The flash got over nicely here In 
closing spot. Looks like a good bet 
for the pop time. 

Comedy Acrobats 
8 Mins.; Full Stage 
American Roof 

Two of the men are becomingly 
attired in white gym suits, wlille the 
third affects a 'bo comedy mako-up. 
The latter's comedy is limited to 
mftgKing and falls, for which he 
gets a fair quota of laughs. 

The routine holds nothing out of 
the ordinary, but all the stunts are 
cleanly and smartly accomplished. 
What the trio lack in genuine aiTO- 
batlc ability they make up in hard 
work and freedom from stalling. 
The understander appears to be 
light for his task and has difflculty 
in supporting his partners. Risley 
work and rapid-fire tumbling make 
up the greater part of th,> turn. 

While the lack of either particu- 
larly difficult or haz.nixloue feats Is 
a handicap, the act is adcqu.^to for 
edther end of a amaJL-time bill. 

DREN (10) 
Interpretative Dancing 
20 Mins.; Three (Cyolorama) 
Prootor'a Palace, Nawark, N. J, 

Newark, Dec. tL 
Madame Charlssi's American debut 
is chronicled with mlted emotions. 
Her act Is beyond question meri- 
torious and artistic, but It Is doubt- 
ful if It will have any wide appeal. 
It will please those who like clas- 
sical dancing of the type made 
famous by Isadora Duncan, but pre- 
sented as it is without scenic ef- 
fects or hokum of any kind. It will 
have little attraction for others. 

Madame Charissi Is a womaii of 
indeterminate age of the familiar 
Latin type (she Is said, however, to 
be Greek) and the children who 
range from very small to mature 
(six girls and four boys) are simi- 
larly dark. Clad usually In adapted 
Greek dress they dance six num- 
bers before a soft-hued cyclorama. 
The dancing is good but not re- 
markable. If the punches were ac- 
centuated and the lighting made a 
little more tricky tho afct would 
have a better chance. A change or 
two of drapes to bring out certain 
poses would also help. 

The different numbers were an- 
nounced by slides giving a brief 
explanation. The first, "Autumn 
Leaves." done by the whole com- 
pany, was a clever Interweaving of 
brown and green motives. "The 
Three Graces," based upon the fa- 
miliar statue, followed, danced by 
the mother and two daughters, and 
was rather weak. Then the whole 
company danced "Spring" prettily. 
The four boys next appeared in 
"The Awakening." which was a re- 
markable bit of posing in which the 
young men remained practically 
stationary. This number will well 
reward all the showmanship that 
can be used to put It over. - "A 
Vision of the Heroes of the Sambre 
and tho Meuse," made a vigorous 

With the exception of tho last 
number In which the well-known 
march was employed, classical 
music Is used throughout. 

The act was spotted Inst and as 
it did not start until 4:55 there was 
a largo walkout. It was, however, 
cordially received by those who re- 
mained. Auatin, 


The ralaoe Is getting out before 
11 p. m. this we»'k for the first time 
in months. The bill was shortened 
one act this week, playing but eight 
turns In place of nine. 

With Nor.i Bayes in her last week 
at thft house, consuming 37 minutes 
ffr four numbers; Wllkle Bard 
(New Acts), the comedian, 
37, and CIssie Loftus, 28. eight acts 
are plenty. The three named ran 
to speeches, but the speech of the 
evening could h.avo been made, by 
Ray Dooley and Klorenz Ames, who 
followed Miss I,.oftus In the next to 
closing spot and topped her sensa- 
tional reception. 

The entire bill played like velvet, 
hit following hit. All the essentials 
that constitute a great show were 
present in the ensemble of local and 
continental "favs," the 'result being 
one of those shows they talk about.' 

Miss Loftus opened after Inter- 
mission, taking the stage to a heart- 
warming reception. Her Imitations 
were Frank Crumit, Irene Franklin, 
Helen Menken, Rae Samuels, Mrs. 



Fairmont, W, Va. 

Fairmont, W. Va., Dec. 5. 

Frank Maginl, who Is the author 
of "Dreamy Melody" and other 
songs, praved a big draw here 
Thanksgiving week, as there had 
Just been an Blks' Minstrel with 
local talent with "Dreamy Melody" 
the sensational hit of the locally 
produced show, Maginl plays piano 
and eings a little with a partner 
who does tlie bulk of the act under 
the name of Romano and Maginl. 
The boy» wer^ called upon to 
change their act at mid-week with 
the change of picture and claim 
that nothing had been aald of this 
when tlie booking was made. 

However, they presented a second 
act which compared favorably with 
the origrinal act as seen some time 
ago at the Stratford In Chicago. 
Romano opened with a brief an- 
nouncement of Mnginl's eonga and 
empbaslzed that he la "America's 
Youngest Songwriter." Then he 
sang a song with bits of Maglnl's 
song hits Interpolated Into It, 

Following this Romano did a 
monolog, using Italian dialect, and. 
as there are many Italians In this 
section, this went big. They ftni'Sihed 
with a rendition of Maglnl's "un- 
publisbed" about smiting. Romano 
makes a flno appearance and hae a 
pretty voice. Maginl plays accom- 
paniment end Joins in occasionally 
In the songs. 

STEWART 8ISTER8 and Girl Or- 
Dancing and Instrumental 
15 Mins.; Full Stage 
Hill Straat, Lea Angaiss 

Los Angeles, Dec. B. 
The Stewart Sisters do not have 
to depend on their dancing ability 
alone in their present offering as It 
also contains novelty and a depart- 
ure from the usual. The girl mu- 
sicians prsent a pretty picture in a 
nicely arranged opening pose. The 
Stewart Sisters enter, sing a little 
and then swing into a light acro- 
batic waltz. 

Th<>Ir soloH arc confined to a 
masked dance and comique. Some 
double dance poses at the finish 
complete the stepping section. The 
turn closed the show to good re- 
turns with tho musicians scoring 
equally with the dancers. 

The act looks to be a winner and 
when speeded up, with the singing 
eliminated, should pass nicely. 

8ongs and Comedy 
12 Mins.; One 
23rd Street 

Before a severely plain black cur- 
tain a woman is discovered at a 
piano while off-stage a man is beard 
singing an operatic aria. The audi- 
ence Is led to expect the entrance 
of a tramp comic or some other sur- 
prise, but nothing of the aort hap- 
pens. When the man does enter he 
is found to be nothing but a pom- 
pous looking straight in tuxedo. 
Some mild talk follows, with the 
man defending opera and his iMrt- 
ner. Jazz. He speaks In a very 
"hlghfalutin" tone of voice that .got 
by here but may be chancing It In 
certain other theatres. 

"I Hear You Calling Me" Is de- 
livered by the man in a rather pow- 
erful tenor. His voice Is rich In 
tone and cultivated at times, but 
too often it sounds uncertain as to 
range. However, It Is good for 
vaudeville and the numl>er won 
creditable applause. The girl who 
has no voice but considerable charm 
and personality next talks a song 
about it's being "tough to be a mu- 
sic sales-goll in the five and ten cent 
store." The number listens as being 
a special and produces several 

The man returns for a pop ballad 
less fitting his voice than the stand- 
ard earlier. For a finish the chorus 
is repeated with the girl reciting 
special lines; an effect that brought 
a burst of applause and two or 
three curtain calls. 

The turn is satisfactory for an 
early spot on Intermediate bills al- 
though except in one instance It 
lacks novelty. 

Comedy Talk, Songs, Dancs 
10 Mine.; One. Special Drop 
23rd St. y 

Young couple with a talking skit 
that ha.s posslbilitieB. A good look- 
ing re.ilistic special drop of exterior 
of a cottage with practical doOr and 
porch roof serves as a background. 

Youth with broad southern dialect 
calls to see his girl. He has a bou- 
quet of flowers. Her kid sister in- 
forms him that she is In the bath 
tub. "This Is only Wednesday" Is 
the llp-uff on the calibre of most of 
the talk. 

The kid vampe him and they 
CTOSs-flre familiar stuff about "fam- 
ily," etc. ."I Wanna be a Bum Like 
Pa," a comedy solo of the girl, didn't 
get a snicker on the punch line and 
isn't In good taste. 

She enters the house and changes 
while he serenades the closed door In 
a fair singing voice. She reappears 
In orange dress, "grown-up," for 
more cross-fire and a double aong 
which went lightly. 

The turn closes in ''one," the boy 
executing two "hoch" steps In a dan- 
eing finish to the girl's vocalizing. 
The talk can be brightened up In 
several spots. "I'm the driver of the 
covered wagon" and "If you do I'll 
know where to find you every Deco- 
ration Day" have ceased to be new 
to the sniaU time audiences. It's an 
early spotter for the pop houses at 
present. Con. 



8 Mins.; Two. 

Donatlng'a fair enough comple- 
ment of bal.Tniing and tumbling, the 
act would probably have added 
value were the two men to les;'en 
their comedy effort. A minor por- 
tion of It could be retained to ad- 
vanlaKo but tho couple are prone 
to overdo at present. 

(Otherwise the act looks to be cer- 
tain as a closer for the smaller 
the.atrcs and should bo capable of 
handling tho aKslgnment through- 
out a majority of the larger em- 
poriums, tklg. 

Fiske, Delysia, Jean EageU and 
Nura Bayes. It was-ootireable Miss 
Hayes rirfrained from singing "My 
Sweetie Went Away," tho number 
which Miss Loftus Imitates. The 
opening week of the L»»ftut* engage- 
ment Miss Bayes mounted the 8tag«^ 
walking in on the Loftus turn, to 
sing the number. Tho imitation and 
duet that followed were tho hit of 
the Loftus turn. This week Nora 
has cut the number out of her 

Tho Kao Samuels Imitation and 
song added a touch of comedy Just 
where It was needed In the Loftuv 

Miss Bayes held the Xo. 4 spot.^. 
She is clHuiging her songs weekly 
at the house and slowly dc-angliclz- 
Ing. Bayes was originally scheduled 
for a 10-week run at the Palace, 
which will *be cut to three or not 
more than four. 

No. S were Bert Gordon and Flor- ■ , 
ence Shubert. a new team. Florence 
uses the "c" In apelling and la no 
relation to Jake and lyce, although 
she has worked for thenj. Gordon 
Is doing the same act he did with 
Jean Ford. They split and he 
teamed with Ma brother Harl-y. 
Following that dissolution he duf 
up Florence, an eye-fllling blond* 
beauty who will develop Into a cork- 
ing foil for him. 

Edith Clasper In her classy dano> 
ing novelty turn, "Variety,'* took a 
shot at the deuce spot and scored » 
bull's-eye. Miss Clasper uses a re-, 
plica of the title page <X VarieAjr 
for an opening number, the Idea 
beln^'that her two dancing partnera. 
have answered her ad for a hoofer. 
It ctiiued a bu»« from the "pwMf*' 
who were viewing It for the first' 
time, at the Palace. The turn holds' 
another novelty In a shadow dance' 
solo by Miss Clasper. Her figure la. 
magnified on a back drop ■• idie' 
solo dances. 

Eddie Darling deserves credit for* 
spotting the Clasper turn second.^ 
The entire first half of the bill wa«- 
apeeded up as a rcault. Miss Clasper- 
ii one of vaudeville's most graceful 
and versatile dancers. Her present 
production shrieks class all the way, 
and can hold a spot on the strong- 
est of the billa. The acceptance of 
her number two spot at the Palace 
and the reception accorded the turn 
In the early spot showed it's weight 
beyond a doubt. . "Variety" proved 
the bookers axiom that the spot 
doesn't matter when you have the 

Bernt and Partner, hand-to-hand 
pair, opened strongly, eoch trick 
getting s Individual applause. The 
turn is novel. The top mounter Is 
a rare contortionist. It's a neat, 
smooth turn, away from the familliar. 

ColUna and Hart closed. They 
tried to stem the retreat by a speech 
about another act following them. 
They are using a new dressing 
scheme and a talking parrot has 
replaced the kitten. The rest of the 
act with the strong man travesty 
remaino as before. A "magic horn" 
bit was new. One Is dressed en- 
tirely in blue with blue hair and 
mustache to match. The other in red. 
They concluded a whale of a hllL 



Tliere's one fixed feattire at the 
Riverside that's always excellent, 
whether the show Is good, ba(l or 
medium — and that's the Riverside 

Julius Lenzberg conducts It- 
plays fiddle and sax as well as lead- 
ing, and shines resplendently at all 
three. It's a pleasure to listen to a 
Lenzberg overture. 

It Isn't necessary to be a musician 
to notice that Lenzberg's musickers 
flash a grade of team work that's 
unusual for a vaudeville orchestra. 
For its size lenzberg's bunch tops 
the list of vaudeville orchestras 
hereabouts. Both at playing the 
show and selections. When it comes 
to Jazz — they're hounds, with a con- 
ception of syncopation and harmonio 
tricks that compare more than fa- 
vorably with many a high-priced 
crew of touring Jaxzists. 

This week's show is a good one, 
but It didn't draw any too W^ll Mon- 
day night. There was a theatre 
party downstairs that helped to fill 
that section to a considerable de- 
gree, but the seven rear rows were 
pretty nearly tenantless. 

Theodore Roberts closed the first 
half m "The Man Higher Up," T. 
Daniel Frawley being the only other 
member of the cast of the dramatic 
sketch. Both Mr. Roberts and Mr. 
Frawley scored an artistic success 
In their competently drawn charac- 
terizations, and the sketch, which 
Was written .and st.agrd hy William 
C. DeMlUe, can stand as a model of 
how a vaudeville sketch should ;.e 
produced — but the subject matter Is 
just "blah." The house liked It and 
recalled Mr. Roberts for the curtain 
speech that appears to be part of the 
turn. A rather lengthy picture,, 
composed of a series of scenes from 
seven picture plays Rot.erts has 
starred In and been a featured mem- 
ber of tho cast, preceded tho Rob- 
ert.s' sketch at the Riverside 

The Paramount people got a good 
plug through the picture* Accord- 
ing to the program, it Is by 
spei'liil permission of Jesse Lasky 
llolierts IS appearing in vaudeville^ 
and the border of the Roberts' 
Hcenir stuff carried Paramount In a 
medailion In the middle in largo let- 

Preceding were Pre'slei an* 





UlIi'.I "FIL"*'. Hiil^li»inpi»ii 

Thursday, December 6, 1983 



KlalH.i. who were a comedy Imwi. 
tnado BO hy I'riRslor's linpoy imnlo 
•tulT. TIieii'N ii hit Willi llie piuiiii 
by I'roMslpr Hint has him sp^itnl on 
the otool scvi'ial feet from tin- piaivi 
The e.v|K>rt<>il thiiiR l.s for I'losslur 
to to|-' tlH' ni:ino over to thf stoul^ 
but li>- iloisiit. DodRini? till' iiniipiit 
bit is ornjiiKh to tuvl I'rt'ssItT m tlie 
vaudeville h.ill of fame alone. They 
liked the c'.ovvninB and M ss Klaiss' 
■ongs Immensely at the Xiverslde 
and brought the team back for their 
comedy "speech" after the lights 
were doused. 

Mabel McKinley (New Acts) was 
third and ( Uokcd neatly. Thompson 
and Covan, a pair of colored stej)- 
pers. deuced it with a session of 
clean cut hi otlng that Included ex- 
cellent examples of buck and wlns- 
InB, eccentric soft shue, waltz cIok 
and the always effective essence, but 
closing to appreciation that was 
lighter than their efforts called for. 

Openinc was a fine sisht turn 
called "The Shiek." A snow-white 
horse with an uncanny talent for 
poelng. The absence of a trainer 
gives the act a distinction seldom 
attalneil by animal turns, and the 
black hackBroiind sets the turn off 
classtly In a producing way. 

Joe Browning introduced a lot of 
bright patter anent relations toward 
the end of his monoloK that had the 
custoinei-s rolling oft their seats, and 
the earlier part of the act also scored 
effectively. Browning doesn't nce<l 
the white face make-up he has been 
using now for several seasons. He'd 
be just as funny without it (and 
that Isn't Intended as a wise-crack 
at Mr. Browning's physiognomy). A 
natural monologist, whose 
and comedy methods need no aid 
from eccentric facial makeup. Is 
probably a better way of pufting it 

Befekis Theatre Grotesk foll^vved 
and gave the bill a of (\lor 
and speed that held up the second 
part in great shape. (New Acts.) 
Closing were llert Yorke and Ed. 
Lord, a couple of nut comics who 
held the house Intact for the;r final 
musical bit and incidentally kept 
them laughing continuously before 
that from their entrance. Bell. 


No "name" at the State this week 
but a capacity crowd Monday night, 
which Implies the feature "Spanish 
Dancer" wa.s the draw. The audi- 
ence was the Irritating sort which 
■rings along with the numbers the* 
know, and chatters, gifrgles and 
ndget« during the less familiar 

Interest was centered in the top- 
tiner, 'In Music Land" (Nrw Acts), 
which closed the show to tremenious 
returns. The rest of the bill wus 
Just about typical, with standard 
acts supplying the fuel, 

J.ick C'onwny and Co. we e third, 
with the familiar "In the Cellar " one 
of the funniest of the post-prolilbi- 
tlon sklls. Conway's souse is a gem 
and that he has eliminated sorre of 
the more disgustingly rea'.istic bits of 
the finish in no way detracted from 
It. Hurt Ftyan is ,i lik.aMe straiuhl. 
and there should be more opportiin- 
ily for Ktjme straight vocalising on 
his part< 

Nexi-to-rlosing spot was capably 
filled b.r .lack (Joldle. The former 
opening number been re|)laceil 
by a new one equally as bad if not 
worse, and things are at p-etty low 
ebb when it is concluded. ISut fjnldie 
gets going quickly with some brl«hl 
taU< and then strengthens his hold 
with some much better vocal selec- 
tions. Finally the whistling panli -; 
'frr. at that line of endeavor 
Coldie has few equals. 

De Kiiih Trio opened with a smart 
eqiiiiilii islic turn to splendid results 
The balancing feat with a dog 
perchei.l on the head (tf the und*r- 
Rtander and in turn sui^portinf< the 
top-mounter Is a show-sioiqier 
They were followed by Corlez and 
Ryan, who struggled hanl but be- 
c.'iuse of misfit and meiliocre ni;ite- 
rlal set nothing at all on fire The 
woman featuri's imitations of War- 
field, r.ert Williams, Cohan and I'.or- 
doni. which ('particularly the last 
two) are about as unnatural as can 
be imiigiiied. The act is practically 
the same as It was two years aso, 
and except for the man's harp pay- 
ing I.H badly lacking in distill, tion 
and class. 


Anni\eriar\ week and a semi- oe'i-bration is ciuinied to 
have piillixl the largei»t Monday 
gross in the history nf the house 
The sl.rti ment Is believable for every 
extra chair that could be recrnllcd 
by the binise staff occ-upicrl, be- 
sides sliind'Cs many rows deep on 
the orchi'.sira floor and .again lineil 
up at the rear of the first bal.nnv 
for two or three lines across. 

The Jam was on as early a.-: (lylit 
o'clock, with the gathering continu- 
ally growinij for another hour. Tiler. 
were a pooilly number on their feet 
.jH the conclu..flon of the vaudeville 

The a..<.semlil,ige seemed bubbling 
over with enthu.siasm for the occa 
■ Ion. but there was little within the 
schedule to bring it out. In fad, 
there has been many a iKtter run- 
ning bill at this house on ordinary 
weeks. Jack Wi'lson headed Hie iisr 
for the first half, and he may be held 
over. Closing the show the veteran 
comedian walked through to solid 
Appreciation and followed It up by 

an .ifiiiplece wlilch called back the 
personnel of the "h'avoriles of the 
Past" cITe.intt for an in- 
troiluctlon. It made for u "hurruli" 

The Hliow itself never reached be- 
yond a fair c'as.«illcation, due to no 
oulslatuliiig p<w>'iiiiilit\ or act suHl- 
cient to capitalize the gdod-^ill 
spirit manifested, besides reve.mng 
a tendency to similarity with some 
of the act.s. It"8 positive there was 
no big wallop to the night which 
would and shoul^d have botltted the 

Harry Holman and his skit; Benny 
Kubin who looks promising as a 
comedian but Is at present in a ve- 
hicle that means little or nothing, 
and Wilson topped for the night. 
Next to closing was placed the Rus- 
sian Imperial lialalalka Orchestra 
which did nicely enough, but failed 
to contain the needed punch, 

Steele and Winslow (New Acts), 
on roller skates, opened, followed by 
Van and Tyson, who danced, with- 
out talking or for five min- 
utes to appreciative app'ause. Irv- 
ing Fisher (.New .\cts) was sp.Ttted 
No. 4, succeeded by the "Favorites 
of the Past. " 

According to the Monday night in- 
dications they expect to break the record this week, and if such 
is the cafe the major portion of the 
credit should certainly t)e allotted to 
the advance work, besides lobby dis- 
play and decorations. i$A-i0. 


The Uoof .Monda>' night reminde<1 
of Hie Colonial at its rowdiest. Some 
of the Colonia' s "strong arm" tac- 
tics could well be applied on the 
roughs that pay their way In seem- 
ingly to dis!url» the peace. 

"Smiling" Rilly M.iscn. from pic- 
ture with a fema'e partner, lopped 
miUHy (New Art"), Ma!»«n. like 
many another sereen lupiinary, runs 
true to form in proving; a disappoint- 
ment. Other .New Acts included 
Mack and CJera'd, Lillian Watson 
and Co. in a new vehicle and "'Game 
of Hearts. " 

Lan.g Hiul V'ot*ik look the applause, 
comedy and all other honois of the 
bWl, generously encouraged hy the 
insistent galleryltea. although after 
an encore the m:iJoriiy would have 
been content in letting the following 
.let have Us ."ession had the boister- 
ous minority also acquiesced. The 
team have forceful voices that han- 
dle the pops effectively. The come- 
dian .ilso Ha.ohes a pair of falling 
breeches and a trick tenor, either or 
both of which were utilized in turn 
to caiitivate attention. 

■i'ates and^on, a neat mixed 
team, precedeil Hilly Mii.son. who 
was in the ace po.^ition. Rose. Kills 
and Rose, acroljatie barrel Jumpers, 

IJob. Bobble and Bob, two men and 
a dog. juggled. That goes for all 
three, since the <an!iie also figured 
on the receiving end of a do'I-jug- 
•-'iing bit. For tlie rest, the two 
Hobs, one a putty nose and 
the other a st.ige I'lcnehy. showed 
their stutT iiilerestingly. in the bit 
where . ne spears the balls thrown 
from the aiKlleii.'e. one ganer.\' giMl 
almo.^l erowrii d the orchestra leader 

Doug F.iirliinks. .Ir.. in "Steiihen 
Steps Out. " film feature. .4fccl. 

81 ST ST. 

The six-u.t bill and "The Virgin- 
ian." a pictui ization of the Dustin 
Farnuni staito suices.'^, playe.l to c.a- 
pa, ity .\Iond.iy n Lrht and revealed 
one of the balanced bills here 
this .reason. 

Paul Sjierht and his Al.imac or- 
elieslra. accredited hea.liiners closed 
the vaude section. iipe:itinK the «uc- 
e. ss that has been theirs all along 
the line. Sjiecht has a nifty group 
if b.iy wli.. lo.ik well and play bet- 
ter. .N^it unlike his .-ontemporaries. 
Spe<ht makes most or symphonic 
.irranKcnients and ■.;i\ej to the sev- 
eral pop numbers nf his repertoire 
an es.sence of indi\*Iduallty that e\'en 
their tunesniiths would scarcely rec- 

Perh.'ips the oiitstinding feature.*! 
of the seven number program were 
a sjnco ai iange«ii'-iit of Tosti's 
"Goodbye" and 'An Impression of a 
.Miniature Symphony " The Specht 
outfit docs not go ill for scenic em - 
liellislimeiii, for their numbers, de- 
pending solely upon music alone to 
get each one across. It may well be 
^aid they do this succi saf iilly. 

K.ine and Herman, spotted fifth 
all but tie.l up the sliow with their 
nil'ty hokiiniaiie il conicly and songs. 
Kane Is ,> nf the I"' W;, nn 
t\pe an. I .1 natural clown. He never 
miilTs a chance to fire af rf«s a nifty 
regardlea, of whether his partner 
; feeding or warbling. The seem- 
ingly Inipr.iniptu stnfT bad the mob 
here KOing, Win ii the b.iys dep irled 
the iii.ii, br.iusbt the„i iiacu "ain 
ind ,igiln, A comedv speech by Kane 
gave them the desired out. 

"rhe Hteppliii; division w.i.s nlily 
repre.Jented by Lorraine and Ritz, 
two nifty male dancers working in 
high brown, who punctuated their 
iegm.inia contributions with Impres- 
sions of several stage t.ivorites, one 
t. iking the dancers and the other the 
melody men for their Impressions. 
A fast double with the boys ..-how. 
ing some clever .i-rob.ttic stufT sent 
them otr to a loud hand. 

Wilfred Clarke and company. In a 
delightful comedietta. "What Next?"" 
w.i« another valu.ible ally to the 
comedy section, and was sent across 
v.'lth a gusto that kept the audience 
entertalne.l to a hi«h iilteh through- 
out. Clarl.e was capital as a flirta- 

tious wag whose latest flame tracks 
him to his household and furnished 
the pivot itpon which th« comedo- 
angle revolves. Phyllis Jackaon was 
llkeatde as the phllanderer"fl wife. 
Dorothy Revere made an attractive 
fhterloper and Russell Swan handled 
the Juvenile role fairly well. 

Laurel Nemlth, formerly of '"Blos- 
som Time,"" did well bi the deuce 
spot with a regulation song offering 
aided by her own accompanist. Her 
repertoire favored standards and 
classics. For an encore she obMged 
with "Song of Love " from "Blossom 

Miss Llndaey and "^uKan." the 
latter a trained pony, proved a live- 
ly opener, with Miss LIndsey put- 
ting the pony through the usual 
paces of counting and other mathe- 
matical problems. 

23D ST. 

Give them a few hearty lauehs 
and a generous sprinkling of hoUe 
at the Z3d Street and they'll walk 
home chuckling. This week's first 
half held plenty, and consequentty 
will go down In the minds of the 
patrons as one of the best of the 

Two good acta on the bill, while 
the rest vary from so-so to not so 
bad. The best Is Bronson and Hop? 
(New Acts), a new combination seen 
In a variation of the act formerly 
done by Bronson and Baldwin, The 
other outstanding hit was Howard's 
Spectacle, an animal act of unmis- 
takable merit, 

Johnnie Singer and Doll Sisters 
opened with their f.^mlllar dancing 
routine, closing to sound applause 
after the acrobatic stepping at th? 
finish. The girls are making a bet- 
ter appearance than ever, and more 
than live up to their names. Fol- 
lowing them were Carlton and Tut- 
(New Acts). 

Vernon, veteran ventriloquist 
third, started slowly, but soon had 
them howling at the antics of the 
seven dummies used. Credit Is due 
Vernon for the plucky manner in 
which he refuses to cash in on his 
misfortune and play for aymijathy. 
It Is doubtful If more than a hand- 
ful of the audience realized the 
lAugb-creatlng ventrttoqulst Is en- 
tirely sightless. 

Fourth and heading the billing 
outside were Charlie and Addle 
Wilkens, who have been scouring 
the thrce-a-day and almost every- 
thing else In show business for many 
a year. Their act as It stands now 
Is far from Justifying the billing a< 
headllnera. There are laughs In the 
ta'14<, but they are too long In com- 
ing. The bit In which Charlie at- 
tempts to learn the tang still clicks, 
but even as low comedy its value is 
negligible. The woman wears ii;;l; 
costumes that servo to emphasize 
rather than disguise her consider- 
able girth. The of tlie turn Is 
the mans dancing, and more of It 
would help. 

"D.aring years" proved a good bet 
as the feature picture, hoidin;; 
everyone to the finish. 


Boston. Dee. 5. 

Possibly part of the surprisingly 
heavy Monday night draw came 
from curiosity. Certainly few who 
paid knew anything concerning Jo- 
seph E. Howard and Ethelyn Clark 
except that the subway billing had 
them featured in type so large that 
the general public asked each other 
rather apologetically "What do they 

The act proved to be a pretentious 
splash for vaudeville, carrying eight 
girl.s. thrcfe female musicians. James 
J. Morton and Tillis and La Rue. 
It was a set-up for Morton, who in- 
troduced the lieadliners and then 
gapjied the five scenes With his 
child-comic drool. The audience 
loved it and he goaled them, getting 
the biggest hand of all on the cur- 
tain parade. 

Judging from the lobby-chatter, 
the house grasped the fact that 
Howard has written some old pop- 
ular songs and is sponsoring a whale 
of a scenic act. with one or two of 
the most spectacular sets that 
vaudeville has seen in a long, long 
time. Howard is falling down badly 
on one point, and tliat point con- 
cerns his own history. Either the 
program or Morton should do a 
better Job in putting him across, as 
the house wanted to treat h!m as 
an old-tlr'.-,-r but apparently didn't 
know whether It was Just the proper 
thing to do. 

Toto. the clown. In fourth spot, 
carried the only other billing of the 
week, and through some new stuff, 
went across strung. His murionetle 
or bjack magic dancing doll fantasy 
was a real novelty and left the house 
guessing as to how It was done, 
m.ainly through the h.ands|iring of 
the freak doll that e.nded the-.^spec- 
lalty. Toto as he is now jilaying is 
real entertainment 

The other bright spot was Jack 
Princeton and Jeanne Vernon in 
"Brownderb.vville" despite Princeton 
seemed to be in had voice and work- 
ing under dlttlcultlc?. For a mottnrn 
line of .Hlang .and hnke patter, the 
act is there and even erudite Bos- 
tone ate It up. 

The MedIni Trio. Italian ladder 
and head balancers, two men and a 
clever but chunky woman opened 
Russell and I'lerce in the deuce spot 
opened as though it was amateur 
night but hoofed their way Into a 
real hit. These two boys have the 
makings and will do well to get hold 

of a real showman to lay out their 
act and either can their chatter or 
give them some stufr. Their 
wrestling travesty U still In Us in- 
fancy and could be built up to a 
point where they would find a higher 
spot on even stronger bills. 

Hartley and Patterson ran their 
novel version of a sidewalk sketch 
set in a burglar parlor setting 
smoothly and while hitting no Ugh 
spots, got awray nicely. 

Marino and Martin in their wop 
sidewalk stuff were next to closing 
and goaled the balconies and 
Brekere's Bears closed to a heavy 
walk-out that missed a neat bicycle 
riding cinnamon bear that should 
have shown at curtain. 

Professionals are beginning to 
watch for Keith's flrst-nlghters with 
the Irresistible guffaw, as the word 
has been passed around the circuit. 
Two acts on this week's bill spotted 
him and asked him to come again 
Tuesday night through the fact that 
his bellows of laughter, well-timed 
anil of only a few second's duration, 
touched off the spark of restraint 
and virtually put the act over the 
toil of the hill. lAbbeu- 


Expect tome day to hear about 
George M. Cohan and tenant trouble. 
Last week he staked Jim Hawkes. 
former waiter and floor manager of 
the o'd Metropole on 42d street, to 
13,600 to go into the rooming-house 

Dr. Jamss P. Hunt has reti.rned 
from Ko\ ernmcnt service at Wash- 
Ingiun and reopened offices at 67 
West 52d street. New York. 

Frank Walter was electa prcsi- 
d"nt of the local musical union at 
Albiiny. N. Y.. this week. He Is the 
leader of the orchestra at the Capi- 
tol, that city. 

The Lieonse Commissioner of 
.Vow York Is on the trail of vaude- 
ville houses whose managers have 
been puttin.g on public dances with- 
out obt.aining dance hall r:censos. 
The dances have been used to boost 
business, assuming their theatrical 
Uccnst covered this form of amuse- 
ment. They have been informed 
they must take out special licenses 
at l.'iO and observe all daiue hall 
regulations <ir discontinue the 


George P. Schneider, TO. for many 
.\'ears proprietor of file IS- rtha. a 
theatrical apartment house at 3i':l 
West 43rd street. .New York, and 
well known to the profession, died 
suddenly at his home Nov. 27. 

Heloise Titoomb-Wills (La Belle 
Titcemb). third wife of the late Nat 
C. Will.*, stands to lose $11,000 left 
Ifl her by her mother's sister as the 
result of a contest filed in the Sur- 
rogates' Court against probating of 
the will of Mrs. Caroline A. Barry. 
.Mrs. Barry died April 27 and left an 
estate of approximately $25,000, all 
but $15 of which was In personalty. 
La Belle TItcomb and Fred Lem- 
mon. of Washington, nephew of the 
decedent, are equal sharers In the 
estate. A nephew and niece who 
were bequeathed $1 each are con- 
testing the will. 

Honry B. Herts, architect of the 
Brooklyn (N. Y.)) Academy of Music 
and for many years architect to the 
Frohmana and Shuberts, this week 
withdrew the contest he had filed to 
the will of his mother, who died late 
last June. Mrs. Herts left an es- 
tate valued at $25,000. She left 
$1,000 to Herts and his brother FM- 
win and one-third of the residue to 
their sister. Mrs. florine Gruntal. of 
Hartsdale, N, Y. The brothers' 
parts of the residue were left In 
the triiKleeship of their sister during 
their lives, after which it reverts 
to h^r. 

John J. Murray, minager of the 
W.irien. O.. opera house, and of 
nearly 40 .ears' experience In every 
branch of the show bu Iness, has 
sold his theatrical Interests and will 

The Pspk. CarroPtrin, O. newly 
completed theatre, is open with 
three nets and a picture. The house 
sc.'its TTiO, I*ark >*entt.v Is owner 
and manager. 


Anhur Gordoni will Join Hie-r- 
tcld's "Follies" Dec. 10 at t'..c Am- 
.steriiiad. New York, He is an ex- 
husband of Nora Bayes. 

Arthur i.McHugh, who was In ad- 
vance of the No. 2 "Wildflower." has 
returned to New York. John Glen- 
non has surceceded him. 

923 j 


(Continued from page 1|) 

and not a single picture house tuuti 
yet been touched. ; 

In the event Paramount can ar«i 
range to keep it away from the pio«^ 
ture houses for another theatrical'' 
■eason in the legitimate there seems 
to be aopther fl.tfiO.OOO waiting (or 
them there, but the chances are that 
the first run exhibitors whose con* 
tracts were shelved for the time be- 
ing to permit of one season's run in 
the legitimate houses won't atanl 
for It. These exhibitors all figured 
themselves that the $2 picture waa 
dead and thought that after a month 
or two after the road tours were 
started and flopped as they pre> . 
dieted they would be able to buy the 
picture at bargain prices. 

The success of "The Coveredl 
Wagon" has led Paramount to put * 
a terrific campalgp behind their 
New York opening of "Ten Com- 
mandments.'' John C. Fllnn who la 
going to direct the cumpaisn Is go- 
ing to put on advertising appropri* 
ation of $160,000 behind It. At pres-^ 
ent there arc five trucks and 19 men " 
already working on a bin posting- 
campaign in which there is In.'-luded 
a lot of sniping. The electric sign " 
that the picture is to have acroasj 
the front of the Putnam Building.' 
from 43rd to 44tli street on Broads, 
way is to be the largest ever used. 
for a theatrical enterprise and thim 
together with a 90-foot sign which;, 
Is to be In front of the theatre will 
cost In the neighborhood of $20,000. 
The newspapers are also to get a 
heavy share of the appropriation. 

This is without doubt the biggest 
advertising appropriation tliat has 
ever been put behind a theatrical 
attraction In any single locality. But 
the Paramount executives ezcept| 
that In the 36 weeks that they have; 

rented the Cohan theatre for they 

will do a gross business of about! 
$600,000. The theatre rental will 
figure an average of about $2,8&0 
weekly for the period. And an 
average business of $17,!<00 Is looked j 
for. In the event that "Ten Com-1 
mandm.^nts" Is successful In dolngl 
this It will top all receipts for a^ 
run for a motion plcture'on Broad-j 
way. 1 

On a S.'-weeks' run "The Covered 
Wagon" with an average of $10,500 
weekly will get $546,000. The rec- 
ord, however, held by D. W. Grif- 
fith's 'Way Down East" Is for 48 
weeks at the 44th Street the.itre 
where the picture did a gross of 
$570,803, Its biggest week being $21,-' 
373.2; and the lowest week. Its final" 
one, $4,777.50. On a road tour the 
picture turned In a net profit of $1,- 
350,000 in a season playing 1o a. 
$1.50 and $2 top, matinee and night I 
respectively, as against "The Gov-! 
ered Wagon" this year playing at 
$1 a.'id $1.50 top. The next big run 
In pictures was that of "The Birth 
of a Nation" which ran'at the L!b«S 
erty, New York, from March 3, 1918, • 
to Jan. 1. 19<6, ard played to a 
gross Of $397 b3:t also at $2 top, that 
was In 44 weeks and the average^ 
week's business was $9,035.65. '' 

A peculiar circumstance relative 
to the three pictures that have 
pi\)vcn to be the record breaking 
production from the box office 
standpoint, la that all three were 
each representative of a - distinct 
phase of the national life of the 
United States. The first was a pic- j 
ture of the reconstruction of thel 
South period following the Civil 
War; the second was of the rugged 
home life of New England and the 
third was just as representative of 
our national history as it marked the 
epoch of the opening of the great 
West. South, East and West, which 
seemingly leaves noWiing open ex- 
cept the North, unless someone 
comes along possibly with as unique 
a picturization of the man who held 
both North and South together, that 
will on the screen be as revolution- 
ary as was Drinkwater's stage play 
of his life, "Abraham Lincoln." 

Another circumst.ance Is the fact 
that all three of the pictures were 
handled on their road tours by J. J. 
McCarthy and Theodore Mitchell, 
who undoubtedly will have the rout- 
ing and booking of the road com- 
panies of "Ten Commendments" 
which will be sent on lour about 
three months after the New York 
run or the picture starts. 

The .Metro people have booked.^ 
-lifu^rumoiuUa'- 4u tUe .4i'aiaoulka 
Players theatres in Florida for the 
latter part of this month on a I 
peicertage b.-isls and two sliows a 
day policy with the scale to be at 
$1,G5 lop. but the terms that they 
are getting are not the same Sifi 
those that "The Covered Wagon'"'; 
gets in the same territory. The pic- 
ture will play Jacksonville. Miami, 
Tampa and St. Petersburg. ': 

Tliursday, December 6, 1823 


Irankun seeks men 


^^ants fo Develop Them in 

Management of Famous 

Players Theatres 


OampMy-Firpo Piettir* Fall Off 
After Opening 

■ "How many real showmen are 
lh<'re In America? You can count 
them on the llngera oC one hand," 
le the manner in which Harold B. 
Franklin of the Famoua Playere 
asks And answers a question in an 
open talk that he directs at the 
managers of the Famous Players 
theatres of the country. Franklin 
' lays stress on the fact that thei'e 
are too many $50 a week men, while 
what he Is looking for are men who 
are going to be worth anywhere 
from $10,000' to $20,000 a year to 
the corporation. These, he says, are 
^ mighty hard to find, even though he 
l8 willing to pay the price. 

What Franklin is figuring on is 
men that are going to develop into 
money makers for the corporation. 
He wants those who can cut over- 
bead operation costs and build up 
receipts. Those are the boys that 
are going to get better jobs with the 
Famous Players, and he wants to 
develop them from the ranks of the 
men who are now running the the- 
atres, if It is poMifile. 

To achieve that end he has 
evolved a bonue system that Is to 
go Into effect with the beginning of 
the year. The men tliat produce 
are the boys that are going to get 
the bonus, and not only that, they 
win also rate advancement in the 
salary column. 

In "The Close-Up." which Is a 
house organ for the maintenance of 
closer relationship between the 
man.agers of the various theatre* 
of the organization, Franklin luys 
down the following: 

"To be truly successful a man 
must be married to his job. He must 
love his work to such an extent 
that hie thoughts are with It day 

I, and night. If he has this concen- 
• tration results must inevitably fol- 
I low. The man who has too many 
'interests Is going to fall down on 
l^s job. You can't drive two horsee 
In different direction."!. 

"The successful manager talks 
little, minds his own business, keeps 
out of wrangles and holds himself 
free from cliques and feuds." 

Then, after asking and answering 
the showmen question, he continues: 
*'The fleld in big and it isn't 
crowded. Men of Initiative Cjxn 
make their own terms. And what 
Is initiative? It is the ability to 
plan properly and to carry It 

"This company wants to encour- 
age the real showmen, to develop 
them, and open opportunities for 
them. The bonus plan is a etep in 
that direction." 

In another section he lays stress 
on the following: "Every employe 
shares In the succeso or failure of 
a theatre. It is every manager's 
job to see that his employes are 
loyal, whole-hearted and happy in 
their work. This is a business of 
youth. It mtiat have enthusiasm 
and Initiative. * The rewards for the 
big men are tremendous. The field 
of exhibition offers unlimited op- 
portunity, and there never was so 
great a demand for competent men." 

Atlanta, Dec. 5. 

There were more rounds last week 
to the battle over showing the 
Detnpsey-Firpo fight pictures at the 
Vaudette than marked the na.>hing 
txittle at the Polo Grounds in New 
York last September. 

Only by virtue of the grace of 
the police committee of council did 
the management succeed In com- 
pleting the week's run. But a case 
has been docketed against H. M. 
Furr, controlling the State rights 
to the picture, for violation of the 
city ordinance prohibiting the show- 
ing %t prize fight pictures in At- 
lanta. • 

This ordinance was enacted 12 
years ago to stop the showing of 
the Johnson -Jeffries fight pi.-tures 
here because of^he objection to the 
negro pugilist. 

The Vuudette management ob- 
tained an injunction and proceeded 
with the show. After a hearing 
the injunction was revoked and the 
rhow stopped again. It was only 
by st.TRing a private screening for 
the police committeemen the way 
was paved for completing the 
week's run. They allowed the con- 
tinuance, but a case was tK>oked 
.igainst Furr. 

•Pup" Phillips, manager of the 
Vaudette, says the agitation cut 
into the gross, and that the picture 
did not make as much money as 
was Indicated from the first day's 
gate. It cost the owners of the 
atnte rights $K00 to bring the film 
here in violation of the Federal law 
against transporting ."^uch films In 
Interstate commerce. A representa- 
tive pleaded guilty before Judge 
Sibl<ey and paid the line. 


Renting Concern Co-operating 
with Atlas-Biocraft — Split- 
ting Whaling Film 

London, Nov. 26. 
A new renting concern Is the 
Novel'.o-Atlas company founded by 
the principals of Atlas-Biocraft 
with which company it will run in 
co-operation. Atlas-Biocraft will be 
the producing end. The first picture 
to be handled will be "The Man 
Without Desire" which features 
Ivor Novell© and Nina Vanna, the 
producer being Adrian Brunei. 

"Down to the Sea In Ships," pre- 
sented by Reginald Ford at the 
Palace Nov. 21 has a difficult public 
to please. On one side are the people 
who have caught the 9rare for whal- 
ing Inspired by the vogue of "Moby 
Dick," and these want the film to 
be 90 per cent, whaling and 10 per 
rent. plot. 

On the other side are the ordinary 
cinema folk who want a 100 per 
cent, plot and no more whaling than 
Is necessary to the story. Therefore, 
Ford is up against it though the 
hero of his film is constantly de- 
sorlbed on the captions as the 
"haughty Britisher." On the open- 
ing night Qafael Sabatlnl, author of 
"Scaramouche," was In the audience. 
At the paity held afterwards In the 
bars and lobbies of the theatre, 
Georges Carpentler turned up and 
strangely enough he said he felt 
lonely, and there was a general re- 
quisition to find him dancing part- 


Sam Kim, screen aclor, who s.iid 
he played In "Mary" and many 
other screen productions, received 
a suspended sentence in West Side 
Court yesterday (Wednesday) by 
Magistrate Frothingham. 

Kim. who is 55 years old, said 
he lived at 116 Wect 44lh street 
and was arrested Tuesday night on 
a charge of disorderly conduct at 
44th street and Sixth avenue. He 
>*a» arrested by Patrolman McCarfy 
of the West 47th street station. 

The Oriental actor, who was rep- 
resented in court by Edward V. 
Broderlck of 55 Broadway, was con- 
siderably chagrined about his ar- 
rest. Before his arraignment in 
court he continually sobt>ed that he 
would be ruined if hie Jtrre*t was 
printed In the newspapers. 

His attorney explained to the 
court that the film star had been 
to a Celestial wedding In China- 
town, and that he may have Im- 
bibed too freely of the rice wine 
that was so plentiful. He rode 
home in a cab, and at 44th' street 
and Sixth avenue the chauffeur de- 
manded his fare. His friend paid 
the bill, and McCarty thought best 
to lodge Kim in the West 30th 
street station for mfekeeping. 

Rex Is hero completing his 
cast for the picture he Is to make 
here. In Algiers and France. The 
American members of the cast are 
following. Up to now he appears to 
have only definitely engaged Adel- 
qul Millar. Millar Is really a South 
American with an International ex- 
perience of film acting. He has 
starred In pictures made here. In 
F'rance, Italy and Holland. He has 
also written books, plays and seen 

The Klncmatograph trades sport 
association Is about to hold a boxing 
tourn.iment at the National Sport- 
ing Club. Kllmlnatlon contests wHI 
be held In Apollo's physical culture 
school under the KInema Club. Up 
to now things do not seem too rosy 
as far as the actors are oonc«»rned 
as they have an aversion to train- 
ing and a real rough and tumble 
scrap might Interfere with the 
Marcelle waved hair. 



Jlotion picture censorship seems cast fur tin- role of pol ileal football 
at Albany, N. T., when the Legislature convenes next nmnth, with the 
Republicans doing most of the booting around. 

Senator Jimmic Walker, author of the repealer that was sunk last 
year, has .TnnUicr one ready for the kkk-off, and Assen.lilyman Block one to be sed as a forward pass In cai.e Walker's c.nnot be rushed 
through the Republl:an line for a gain. In nddltio' the Democrats claim 
backfle!d strength in the fact that the State Federation of Women's 
Clubs rc'useO to go on ecord for censorship at the -cent etate convi- itlon. 

There is hnrd:y a chance the censorship law will be repealed, according 
to observers In Albany. It Is too rich a political plum. The Censorship 
Commission prnducen more money than. It spends, hut more Important, 
thj board Is a flneoiedlum df exchange In political bartering. \The Re- 
publicans are reported ready to let It be killed, provided the Democrats 
let them have their own way with more serious legislation; -Ice veraa. 
th<j Smith administration would be wilting to let It live, provided the 
Republicans laid off the Smith program of home rule and public utllhy 
legl.slatlon so ruthles.'ly treated last seKslon. 

Gov. Smith, however. Is expected to make a strong recommendation In 
his message for repeal of the obnoxious law. 

This will not mean anything un'.esa the Ilepubllcans, who have gained 
six additional rural A/isemblymcn, choose to give It meaning. Aside from 
its value as a political football, the censorship commission has vital ap- 
peal to the G. O. P.— $70,000 worth of jobs for Its faithful. 

*» -■'• .-, ' 


A New York picture firm, with houses outside the city, sent a repre- 
sentative to see what was the matter with business In one of the towns. 
Looking it over, th« representative aouldn't decide While trying to make 
up his mind a lorallte apfiei^Cd, said he had a bill for $3,000 against the 
theatre and wanted to know when he could get his money. 

The New Yorker Informed the native he would be paid when the theatre 
made enough money to have a protlt. The local anttwered that was equiva- 
lent to advising him to charge off the account. The picture man asked 
the native if he knew any quicker way to get It and the native aaki 
the only way he knew the house could do business and make money 
would be to cut the admission prices. 

Whereupon the .pitture man wired the New York offlces to cut ths 
pricej and the locallte now ha^ a chance of getting a settlement of bis 
bill. . ' . , 

N. A. Relchlln has been appointed 
the Goldwyn representative in Paris. 
He Is an old business associate of 
F. J. Godsal's. In addition he has 
Spain, Portugal and Italy to look 

Pauline Frederick, Director 

Pauline Frederick left New York 
the latter part of last week for the 
coast. She had just finished a role 
in the production of "Let Not Men 
Put Asunder." Seemingly this is to 
be Pauline's last screen appearance 
for some time, at least she Indicated 
that It was her purpose In the fu- 
ture to take up the directorial end 
bf motion pictures. 


E. M. Ivoew has taken over the 
Strand, North End, New Bedford, 
Mass., opening Monday. 

A picture theatre has lieon 
erected at Canaan, N. H., to replace 
the theatre burned last June, when 
practically the entire business and 
residential sections of this town 
were destroyed by fire. Charles L. 
Bcede, of Enfield, Is the owner. 

Charging that many persons ,nre 
victimized along Broadway nightly 
I hough bogus "auctions," Inspector 
Holon appealed to Magistrate Sll- 
herman to Issue \tarrants against 
the owners of the auction rooms. He 
declared the auctioneers had beat 
the police to It by getting Injunc- 
lions preventing them from making 
arrests, but insisted something 
ahould be done to protect the public. 


Paris, Nov. 28. 
Alexandre Stanln, the Russian 
producer, lias arrived In France, 
where he intends to execute a few 
pictures on behalf of the Albatros 
Film Company. 

D.-W. Griffith's "Blrlh of a Nation" 
Is being shown In Paris, after being 
forbidden twice by the French au- 
thorities, who ordered cuts to be 
made before finally permitting the 
picture to be released for the pub- 
lic. Despite its mutilated condition 
"The Birth of a Nation" (La nias- 
sance d'une nation) Is attracting. 

The trade organ "Cinea" of Jean 
Tedesoo and "Cin^ pour tous." ed- 
ited by Pierre Henry, have amal- 
gamated and are being issued as 
"Cinea Cine pour tous." 

Louis Delluc is arranging to pro- 
duce a screen version of a novel by 
Andre Corthls, "L'inondation, " which 
was published In a local magazine 
The action is laid In France, In the 
Rhone Valley. The principals will 
be Van Daele, Philip Herial. Mmes 
tJInette Maddle, Claire Prella, Eve 
Francis. This will be Delliie's first 
work since his "l«i Femme de nulle 
part" over a year ago. 

Hate and I.ove (doldwyn Cosmopnl 
Itan). featuring llobart lloswortli 
and Claire Windsor, and "IMoum ei 
le Pcrroquet." comic in two parts, 
with -Monty Ranks. The Universal 
Mfg. presented Saturday morning at 
the Marlveaiix "Merry <Ut Round" 
iChevaux de linis) G, H. Samuel- 
son trade-showed through Sutln nl 
the Gaumont Palace on Wednesday 
afternoon "The Royal Divorce" with 

Sessue Hayakawa who Is engaged 
by StoU to make two pictures In the 
new year which will necessarily take 
some time. Is being chased by the 
Casino de Paris who want him back 



Los Angeles, Dec. 1. 
"Csptain January" Is the title of 
ihe first Baby Peggy production un- 
der her new contract with So! 

Cissy Fitzgerald, the first woman 
photographed by a motion picture 
camera, appears In the latest Pola 
Negri film. 

Charles Malgne and Anne Corn- 
wall, well known In screen circles, 
celebrated their eighth wedding an- 

After being incarcerated in Los Angeles for 18 years, "Salt Lake 
Charlie" I'ike. now with the Union Paclllc, came east /or a long rest. It 
amounted to eight days with relatives In Boston and two days In New 
York. He flew wei'tward yesterday (Wednesday). 

Mr. Pike probably knows and Is known to more theatricaj iieople than 
any other man in ruilro.ids. For years he has moved shows In and out 
of IMS Angeles and now has a brand new ofUce In Hollywood to make 
It c.-isy for fllmers to travel via the Union Pacific. 

Several of the smaller producing units, who are llnked-up with a dis- 
tributing organization that was formed particularly with a vlaw to placing 
Its product about the country through the states rights companies, are 
dissatisfied. They are at present In New York and bringing the ezecu*. 
lives of the organization on the'carpet because of their diaaatlstactlon. 
The principal reason for the discord Is that distributing heads were also 
to handle the features of several units In addition to a comedy program. 
The features were aleo to go Into the states rights field. However, after 
the first of the features was made and taken to the New York office 
those behind the works decided that It was goodjijioueh to be offered to 
a national distributing organization and therefore the reason of the 
general dissatisfaction on the part of the other producers, who figured 
that the good stuff was going to be one of the levers to carry their 

Bambrldge. with "Artists 
Models" revue, in New York. 

and dent's job with the company ex- 
ploiting Prlscilla Mnran. 

Cecil B. De Mllle has just com- 
pleted the Installatloo of the largewt 
residential pipe organ In his home, 
"Paradise." The exact cost Is not 
made known. 

Chester Bennett. dIrectv»r-pro- 
ducer. Is III at hjs home. 

Knid Bennett, film star, left for 
a vacation In San Francisco. 

W. B. Fr^nk has been elected 
vice-pre«ident of the Hal Roach or- 
eanization. He was formerly with 

The Erka Company offered n spe- ,,„„,,„, ,,, ..„ 

ujal show at the Artistic Cinema fnr^jhe picture he will film fhem In 

Thiily-tlve thousand Pa«<-ls:l 
have been engaged for the mob 
."scenes in tioldwyn's spfcta,cular 
lihotoplay, "Ilen-Hur," which Is to 
he filmed In Turin. Italy. June 
Mathla. editorial director, will join 
the company In Italy shortly. 

James Toimg. director, has been 
littered the job of guiding George K. 
.Spoor's stereoscopic motion picture 
invention. Ry Spoor's Invention the 
making of the movies may be revo- 
iit Ionized. If Young agree* to make 

Virginia Valll narrowly escaped 
serious Injury when a defective eun 
arc on the set which she was work- 
ing exploded. Miss Valll was sit- 
ting directly under the sun arc a 
few minutes before the explosion. 

Rert Woodruff, character actor, 
and Addle Sprague, wealthy widow, 
will hear the wedding bells ring 
some time next month. Though 
both are along in years, the bride 
and bridegroom-to-be were sweet- 
hearts in their younger days. 

H. C. Witwer, film author and 
magazine writer, will leave shortly 
for the east. 

There Is talk that store buildings 
will be erected on the property In 
front of the United Studios. The 
studio buildings have been moved 
back to permit of constimrtlon.' 

George A. Skinner, Tlce-president 
of Educational, la here. 

Conrad Nagel is In New York. 

Alec Fr.incis, veteran film actor, 
and Mrs. Lucy .Smith applied at the 
marriage llrente tiiire.tii fur a license 
to wed. They are kerping the date 
secret. The actor Is 55 and his 
bride-to-be 5i, 

Constance Talmadge has fully 
"recovered" fmm her eastern show- 
shopping jaunt and is settling down 
to work. 

California. Instead of Chicago, 
inventor's home town. 


Clara Ilorton ehortly will make 
her first visit to New York. 

Lloyd Hughes and his wife, Gloria 
Miipe. will be In the cast for the 
Christmas holidays. 

Danny .Shay, assistant to Marshall 
.Vi ilan, is engaged to- marry BIsle 

Bobby Burns, and writer, 
.s now attached to tlie Juiili -White 
studio gt.iff. 

Harry Rrand, .Schetuk publicist. Is 
in San Francisro ag.'iin. Rtand go(s 
north evi-ry three nr four w<'eki» in 
order to keep in cx|ii nse-sheet train- 

Raymonil Cannon is now wiiu 
liiiuglHS .Mael.ean. 

Mlllarde Debb has tai-.en the pre!»;- 

John McKenna has joined the 
itoneh studio staff. He formerly 
looked after Will Rogers' Interests 
while the star was with the Follies, 
and will work In like capacity at 
Culver City. 

Lew Cody, film star, has taken to 
writing songs, his contributions be- 
ing "My Lady of the Orchlde" and 
"Walt ioT Me." 

Captain Ariel L. Varges, Interna- 
tional News Reel comeraman, who 
had the distinction of being the first 
[ihotographer to film the devastated 
.irea In Japan, has arrived In Cali- 
fornia. He is her* on a short vaca- 

Rielmrd DIx Ie«ves In n wwk for 
New York, his first visit to Hroad- 
way since entering pictures. 

Many picture stars journeyed to 

Tj,! .Iii;»n.'i for the ot)enitiK of tho 

lai'liii,' season !iti Thank-'-glving D,Ty 

t>i v|M nd that which Ihey iv re most 

li.inkrul for havliif. 

• Il.liti ll'.lnies will piny opposite 
Willi, tn Iii-<niond in lils next Uni- 
versal iii< lure. 




CAtt fcjMtf OMH for the w«ek with Monday mallne*, whtn not otharwlM Indicated.) 
Tht tills below ar« grouped In divisions, according to booking offlces supplied from. 
Tha manner in wblcb tbese bills are printed does not denots tba relative iraportaDca 

of acts nor tbalr procrara poaltloaa. 

Aa asterisk (*) before name denotes act U doing new turn, or reappearing after 

absence from vaudeville, or appearing In city where listed for the first time. 

KEITH ciEcurr ■♦ 

SmW YOBK CITY Keith. P«.p.,t 

Keith's I**lM« 

Thursday, December 6, 

Nora Baye. 
H Santrey & Band 
Wllkle Bard 
•Odetl. Mytrll 
Murray & Alan 
H & A Seymour 

Maiettc Lewi. Co 

Tha Herbert* 
(Two to DID 
rnxior*. Sath St. 
2d half (1I-1S> 
Dave Thuraby Co 
Duff.n A Raymond 

ea'htrey ft Seymour CahiU * Romalne 


1W7 Brewlway, Mew Vork City 



<Two to nil) 
Keith'* Riveraid. 

Gua Edward'. Kev 
B Folaom A Band 
Creasy & Uayne 
BInclaIr A Ga.per 
Stafford & Loula. 
(Other, to nil) 

Keith's Boyal 
Rooney & Bent Rev 
Muter & Capmaa 
Hanaon & B SU 
H J Conley Co 
A ft F Stcdman 
Al WolUman 
<Other* to ail> 
Keith** Alhambrn 
V I*opei ft Band 
Crawtord ft B'd'ick 
SMith Claaper Co 

f Adam, ft LUlyaa 
*3 Oranto. 

lit halt (17-19) 
Tom Swift Co 
Primro.e 4 
Chaa Lrf;deirar 
(Other* to nil) 

Id haU (:o-2S) 
John B Ilymer Co 
•Ward ft Hart 
(Other, to nil) 
Proctor'. Sth Ave. 

id half (U-I6> 
Craft, ft Haley 
Jack WlLon Co 
J Carr ft mind 
A ft F Stedman 
Kim City 4 
J ft J Gibson 
(Two to nil) 




HM<li.l>| PaatatM 

Torke ft Lor« 
K ft B Kuehn 
Oullfoyle A I<ani 
Howard'* Ponie. 
Margaret Taylor 
(One to All) 

Mo**' Browfwsr 

Harry Oreea Co 
4 Diamond. 
Healy ft CroM 
(Other* to (111) 

Mom' Collseam 
Bernard ft Garry 
(Other, to (III) 

td halt 
•Nita N'aldi 
■ A B Conrad 
(Other, to nil) • 
Keith'* FordhMB 
Lionel AtwiU 
Burke & Durkin 
Kane ft Herman 
Sheldon Brook* 
(Two to nil) 
td halt 
eu 8 Band 
(Other, to (111) . 

let halt (17-lt> 
Oretta Ardlne Co 
Beaumont Hi. 
(Other, to (til) 

2d halt (20-23) 
Uyeda Jap. 
Sandy Shaw 
(Others to All) 
rnteUr** tSrd St. 

td halt (13-18) 
HuKh Dlllman Co 
Benny Rubin Co 
Shake Tour Feet 
Garfield ft Smith 
John t>eClalr 
Murray ft Oerrl.h 

IM halt (17-1» 
Greenlee ft Drayton 
Alllaon ft Oouls 
•Frankle Keisey Co 
The Herbert. 
(One to Ain 

td halt (20-21) 
Veraatile 6 
Snow A Narlnne 
Oliver ft Mack 

Cooke, Mortimer and Harvey 

"A Ball Gam* in tha Dark" 

Corns. Lloyd H. Harrison. 226 W. 47th St. 

TtU. Week (Uee. «) Palace, Chlraao 

Ho**' rmnkllB 

Bob Albright 
Butler & I'arkcr 
A ft M Havel Co 
•Heller ft Riley 
(Two to nil) 
2d halt 
AI K Hall Co 
(Other, to nil) 

Keith'. Hamiltoa 
Van ft Schenck 
Freeman ft Morton 
(Other, to nil) 

2d half 
Van & Schenrk 
(Others to nii) 

Keith'. JelTrrMn 
Farnoll A Florence 
I'yfiiM Japs 
(Other, tu All) 

2d half 
Benny Huben Co 

•Holler ft nucy 

Three Mask. 
(Two to nil) 



2d half 
Freeman A Morton 
Brown ft ■Whittaker 
Sheldon BrooK* 
(Other, to nil) 


Keith'* nudhwlfk 
Dooley ft Sale. 
Greenlee ft Drayton 
Yerke'. OrcheaUa 
rres.ler A Kials. 
McWalers A Ty.on 
Wee OeorBlp Wood 
Jules Feurst 
(Two to nil) 

Keith'. Orplieam 
Harry Hoi man Co 
Ct'ctlia I^^ftu. 
Gritnn Twins 
Oibaon ft Connetl. 

>d halt (13-14) 
F ft T Sablnl 
Sam Llebert 
Geo DuFranne 
NonI ft Partner 
(Two to nil) 

lat halt (17-1>) 
Black ft White Min 
Vacation Days 
Ijoyal*. Doff. 
(Other* to nil) 

2d half (20-23) 
Gretta Ardine Co 
Steele A 'Wiiialuw 
Dan Coltynan 
(Other, to nil) 

Mo*** Rivera 
Al K Hall Co 
Mabel Bestoff 
(Other, to nil) 

2d half 
I^wl. ft Dody 
Bob Albrliht 
K ft A Sauls 
(Other, to nil) 

Schwarl. ft Clifford 
M Andree ft Girl. 

Id half 
Robert Keilly Co 
Holland ft Meehan 
Capp. Family 
(Two to nil) 



(Atlanta Spilt) 
1st half 
Frank Whitman 
Royal Oa.colvne. 
Campbell SI. 
Claude & Marlon 
My.tto Revue 


.. n. F. Keith'* .. 
Cannon A I'Ce 
Itaggert A Sheldon 
II Carroll'. n«r 
Olcott ft Polly Ann 
Roye A Maye 
Bobby Randall 



ARCHIR I.I.OVD, IN Trement Street 


Clifford A Bailey 
Eugene Emmert t 
Will Mahoney 
M\c» In Toyland 
(One to nil) 
2d #alf 
Keller Si* ft Lynch 
Lewis ft Norton 
Alice In Toyland 
(Two to nil) 


RuMell ft Marconi 
Spencer ft William. 
(Other, to nil) 

2d halt 
Gordon ft Day 
Local Four 
Shura Rulowa Co 
(Other, to All) 



Lewi, ft Norton 
Kln( ft Irwin 
Venetian Five 
(One to nil) 

Id halt 
Weyman ft Comp'n 
Mell.n A Renn 
Dwy.r ft Orma 
Capitol Revue 
(One to fill) 


Mar.uo A Burr 
Florence Brady 
Hughe, ft Burke 
(Two to fill) 
2d halt 
Musical Hunter* 
King ft Beatty 
Westerhold's Ship 
(Two to nil) 



1st half 
Russ LeVan A P 
*Itrown A Moran 
Fargo ft Richard* 
EMdle Stanley Co 




(Others to ml) 

Keith's Hist St. 
Frank Farnum Co 
George. DuFranne 
O'Donneli A niair 
(Other, to nil) 
Moa* Regent 
1st half 
Benny llubcn Co 
•II 8 Benrt 
K A A ShuIs 
(Others to AH) 
Proctor's H!3th St. 

lid halt (13-U) 
J HinK'-r A Girl. 
Cnrleinn A- Tate 
•Frankle Kt-i.-^oy Co 
Wilkins A Wllklns 
Bob render Tr 
- t.t half (17 19) 
Murdock A Kfn''ly 

The Torchbearer. 
Thompson A Covan 

J A J Glb.on 

Four Horeemen 
Frank Mullane 
Along Broadway 
Cordon'. Olynpia 

(Scollay Sa. ) 
Frank Wilmn 
Adam. A Lillian 
Roae A Thome 
Hynm ft L'kw'd Sis 

Creedon ft Davi. 
Roae Maura's Rev 
Cordon*. Olympla 
(Washington St.) 
Valdo Meer. ft V 
Markell ft Gay 
France. Kennedy 
Sheik, of Araby 
(Other* to nil) 


2d halt 
Tan Arakl. 
Flalo A We.t Naval I 
(Two to fill) 


Billy Miller Co 
Moore ft Hager 
Pearson NAP 
•4 Terrace Girl* 
id halt . 
Just Out Knicker* 
Combe ft Nevin. 
Thea Alba 
(One to fill) 



Sylvia Loyal 
Eddie Leonard Co 
Maker A Redford 
Clara Howard 
NonI ft Partner 
Cosmopolitan I 
Central Sq. 
I>ottle Atherton 
Gardner A Aubrey 
Adam, ft T Si. 

Bob & Peggy Valentine 


Roger. A Allen 
•Franx Drulla 
Gene Morgan 
('orrlne A Ilitnber 
Gordon A Shuburt 

Moes' FUtbttsh 
Lewi, ft Dody 
Ruth Roye 
McKay A Ardlne 
Lee Kohimnr Co 
(Two to nil) 

Keith'* Greenpolnt 

2d half (13-lC) 
Conlln & Glass 
Arthur Whltolaw 
Mary Kelly Co 
King A Frnnce. 
(Two to fill) 

l.t half (17-19) 
Maude tlerard Co 
Dan Coleuian Co 
Aladge Maitiand 


(Blrm'Bham Split) 

1st half 
Casting Campbells 
Mason & Gwynne 
Mlddlrton A 8 
Wilson A Jerome 
Ber'ns A Rynn Sis 

Al'GrST.\, OA. 
Grand O. n. 

(Jacksonville Spilt) 

l.t halt 
Zelda Bros 
Moher A Eldridge 
Rita Gould 
Morgan A Sheldon 
Dance Varieties 



Tex MrLend 
OlHon A JohnTCn 
Ilpkert's Dancer. 
(Others to nil) 


2d half 
Maxon & Morris 

(Two to nil) 
2d halt 
Max Zimmer 
Kl Cleve 
(Others to fill) 


John LeCiaIr 

Rhode* * Wat*0B 
Val Uarri* Co 
Dance Carnival 

Davl* ft Pell* 
Two Roxellaa 
Jay C Fllppea 
(Two to fill) 

td halt 
Will J Ward 
Kirk ft Harris 
Voke. ft Don 
Stepping Phools 
Van Armln. Mln* 

2d half 
Roa. ft Roma 
Mabel Harper Co 
Nancy Boyer (^ 

Reck ft Rector 
Geo N Brown Co 

Jeaal* R**d 
Moore ft Free! 
Alma NellsOB Oa 
Walter O KeUj 
Four Adiona* 
William* ft Wolfu* 
Vera Oordoa Co 

Able O. H. 

Gordon ft Dar 
Dunlevy ft Cheal'ch 
Shura Rulowa Oo 
(Two to fill) 
td hair 
Russell ft Marconi 
S|<enrer ft Wllliamj 
(Other* to nil) 


Wm Smyth* Co 
Allan ft Canfield 
Alba Tlberle 




CLIFF BURNS, 107 Ljrie Theatre 


B. F. Keith's 

Will Morris 
Stan Stanley Oo 
Kchoes Danceland 
Bill Dooley Co 
Valerie Bergere 
Dixie Hamilton 
Denno SI. A Th'b'lt 
Daniel. A Walter. 
Haxel Harrington 
Indian Reverie. 
Neweir A Most 
Robinson*. Bieph't. 
Kirk ft Harri. 

White ft Puck 
Five Petley. 



Four Medini. 
Reynold, ft White 
Ben'lngton ft Scott 
Johnny'. New Car 
Lydia Barry 
The Law Breaker. 

•Max Zimmer 
Kllnore A We* . 
Hardy Stout A F 
Melva Teliua 








Stillwell at Fra«er 
Yokes A Don 
Stepping Pboole 
2d half 

(One to fill) 
Sd halt 
fjOttte Atherton 
Gardner Sc Aubrej 


FBIL JULIUS, Savoy Hotel 

Davl. A Pelle 
Two RozoUa* 
Jay C Flippoii 
Scanlon D Bros ft 9 
The Crow 
Florence Walton Co 
Runaway Four 
Jean Adair 
(Other* to fill) 
P Bremmen A Bro 
Hughes A De Brow 
Elliott A La Tour 
Springtime Revue 

105th St. 
Five Leiand* 

•Nellie Jay Co 
Hibbltt ft Malle 

CoKla ft Verdi 
(Two to fill) 


Casting Lamey* 
Pardo ft Archer, '' 
Adam. A Griffith 
Fred LJndsay 
2d half 
Dalla. Walker 
•Gilbert A Mar 
The Wrecker 
Henry ft Moore 
Fashion Revue 


Malinda ft Dade 
Paul Decker 
Gome. Trio 

2d halt 
Mardo & Rom* 
Dane* Creations 
Alice Morley 
Kay Hamlin ft Kay 
(One to All) 


SI Cleve 

Ja. Kennedy Co 

(Other, to fill) 

id halt 
Tango shoe. 
Eddie White Co 
Monroe Bro. 
(Two to nil) 


Hyam. ft Evan* 
Willi* Smith 
Houae David Band 
(Two to nil) 

2d halt 
Dunbar A Turner 
Benson Massino So 
(Other, to fill) - 

B. F. Keith'* 
Valentine ft Bolt 
Sargent A Marvin 

td half 
Margaret ft Mor*II 
Pour of V» 
(Other* to fin) 

B. r. Keith's 

WaUh ft Kllla 


Tyler A St Clalp 

Eastman ft Moor* 


Mae Francl. 


Hyman A Mann 
Coacla ft Verdi 
Morning Gloria* 
(One to fill) 

td halt . 
McCarthy ft Pitca 
Jaa Kennedy 
•The Enchanter* 
(On. to fill) 


McRae A Clegg 
McCarthy A Price 
Valentine Vox 
Fisher A Hllmore 
Dillon A Parker 



Brennan ft Roger. 
Marguerite A OllI 
Billy Glaeon 
4 Cameri-n. 


Margaret A Morell 
Four of T's 
(Two to fill) 

2d h.ilf 
Ward A Dooley 
Leon A Dawn 
Lloyd A Christie 



(Montgc.mcry Split) 

1st half 
The Rooneys 
LAP Murdock Co 
Babcoek A Doily 
Liddeli A Gibson 
Allman A Harvey 


Armstr'g A Phelp. 
Snow A Narlnne 
Adair ft Braham 
B ft B Braham 
Bob Pender Tr 
(One to nil) 

2d half 
M'Farlane A Palace 
Frankle Kriscy Co 
•Charisal Family 
(Others to nil) 


(Two to fill) 
Ray's Bohemian* 
Drury A I.Ane 
2d half 
Dunlevy A Cflasl'gh 
(Other, to fill) 


Howard A Lind 
MI.. Tcria A Baird 
•Road Vaudeville 

td half 
McRae ft Clegg 
Fi.her A Gllmore 

td halt 
Cliff Jordan 
Howard A Lind 
Ml. 8 Teria A Baird 
Santiago 3 


(New Ori'n. Spilt) 
1st half / 

A O Duncan 
Kendall Byton A S 
.Schoider Sis 
Swor A Conroy 
Herbert Bolt 3 


(Sunday opening) 
Joe rWrcy 
The Mendozaa 
Pierce A Ryan 
I'ilcer A DouKla. 
Van Dyke A Vinci 
Burn. A Wilson 

(Sunday opening) 
Alonroe A Grant 
Two Gezxl. 
Mary Hayne. 
Fleming Si. 
Sheila Terry 
Ingils & Winch'tcr 
MosconI Family 


td halt (13-1«) 
Eddie Leonard Co 
Clara Howard 
Roger. William. 
Steele ft Wlnalow 
(Two to nil) 

l.t halt (17-lt) 
•NIta Naldl Ck> 
Ward A Van 
Willie Solar 
(Other, to nil) 

2d half (20-22) 
C A F U.her 
Loyal. Dog. 
(Others to fill) 



Francis A Frank 
Oha. B Law lor Co 


rpcolvo prompt attention 


strand Theatre BIdg.. 47th St. and B'way 

House David Band 
(One to nil) 

Music UaU 

TjOUI. Leo 
nex Hanley 

Joaet Fejer'* Orch Maxoa A MorrI* 

Those who are familiar with the thoroughneu of our methods, 
express no surprise at our progress and the effectiveness of our 


1547 Broadway 


New York City 

Oilbert A May- 
Nancy Boyer Co 
Welch Mealy A M 
KaBhIon Revue 

2d half 
Hal Junir Troup« 
Hobby Uenshaw 


11 So. I.uHalle St.. Chicago, lU. 


Keith-Proetor Circuit 

Tom ^lahoney 

Ver.atii. S 

Miller A Frear* 

Three Mask* 

(One to fill) 
\ 2d half (20-22) 
^prine.Mi Winona 

(Other, to fill) 

td half CO-M) 
MurdDik A K Sis 
Murphy A Norton 
Vacation Days 
(Other* to Ail) 

Inex Hanley 
Willie Hale « Bro 
Bobbo A Stark 
IajuI. Leo 
((Jne to fill) 


(Shrcveport Split) 

1st half 
Bert Sloan 
lUlKlitun A Barnes 
Bryant A Stewart 
Leon'. Pony (Tircus 



» Longneld. 
Frankiyn A Vincent 
Barry* * Wolford. 

.Tane Dillon Co 
Shone A Squire. 
B Batchlor'a Rev 



Adelaide Ilcll Co 
Heed A Kay 
Arthur MIHsr Girls 
Rddl. Nelson 
4 Ortons 
Les Kllck. 



O'ltrlen A Jos'hlne 
\'anlty Shop 
(One to nil) 
2d half 
Francis A Frank 

Geo McFarlane Co 
Walters A Walters 
Ed Janls Co 

Coli;mbi:s, o. 

B. F. Keith'. 

Dancing Kennedy. 
Hera. A Will. 
Watt. A Hawley 
W'ld Make Believe 
Rae B Ball A Bro 
Marcel A Seal 
Ross A Edward. 
B. F. Keith'. 
Larimer A Hudson 
Roxey Ija Rocca 
Keane A Whitney 
Barrett A Cunecn 
Everybody Step 
(One to nil) 

2d helf 
MIchon Bro. 
•Debeil A Water. 
•Kelly A B'm'Bham 
Olga Myr* Co 

Four Payre Girl* 


Bell A Gray 
Jeana Germalne 
BAA Devore 
Miller A Fetr* 
S jnbonnet. 

2d half 
Nort6n A Wilson 
Dance Creation. 
(Others to nil) 


Novelty Clinton* 


Ned Norworth t 

Alyn Mann 

Carr Lynn 

Friend In Ne.d 


Martinet A Crow 
Four Pal. 
Naomi A Boy* 
(Two to nil) 


D»rrK«IT. MICH. 

FRKO KRAMER. Fre.tss.c Htttl. -42 Msare* St. 


Bnbbe A Stark 
Willie Hale A Bro 

2d half 
Kamplaln A Bell 
Morning Glorie. 
Claudia Coleman 
Adams A T Si. 

Val Harrl. Co 
(One to nil) 

2d halt 

(J'Brlen A Jo.eph'e 
Pour Pals 
Vanity Shop 


The O'Meara. 
Gordon A Gate* 
Lew Seymour 
Billy Hallen 
Tuscano Bro. 
2d halt 
Kllch A Wilson 
Hazel Cox 
Renee A Flo'ce Rev 
Dove A Wood 
Lovett'a Concent'l'n 


Craft, ft Haley 
N Y Hippodrome 4 
Bruce Ilnlrnsrather 
S KIkutas 
(Others to nil) 





(One to nil) 

_ — .Musical Hunter. 

Williams A Taylor^ 'King Itentty 

Westerhold's Ship 
(Two to nil) 
2d halt 
Marcus A Iturr 
Hilly Beard 
Hughes A Burke 
(Two to nil) 


Keith'* NntinnnI 

Ward A Dooley 
Leon A Dawn 
(One to nil) 

Thea Alba 
t'ombe A Nevin. 
The Enchanter. 
(Two to nil) 

2d half _ 
Billy Miller Co 
Moore A llager 
Pearson NAP 
•4 Terrace Girls 
(One to nil) 



Nippon Duo 
Salon Singers 
Billy Beard 
(One to nil) 
td half 
Bernevlci Bros 
Kklln Charles Co 

Drurr ft Laa* 
(One to fill) 



(Mobile Split) 
l.t halt 
Dare Devil Reya'd. 
4 Bntertalner* 
Clair* Vincent Co 
Stephen* ft HollU'r 
BInl Cabaret 


(Richmond Split) 

l.t halt 
Ernie A Ernie 
Coogaa ft Caeer 
i Boia.l* 
(Two to All) 


,19^ 1 


Dalla* Wklk*r 
PAR Ron 
Dainty M»rl* 
.Brady ft Mahoaer 
0*a N Brown Oa 

M halt 
Florence Bradj 
Pardo ft Archer 
Quixey Four 
4 Reading. 
(One to All) 


Carnival of Venic* 
Theo Robert. Co 
Lang ft O'Neal 
Sybil Vans 
Davl* ft Darnell 
Du Four Buy. 
Strobel ft Martin 



lis W. Adama St. Phone State i 


Albright A Hart 
Ed I.owry 
Jack Powell • 
Jean Lacrosse 



id half (13-lS) 
Walm'y A Keating 
Devine ft Gould 
Musical Hunter. 
(Two to nil) 

l.t halt (17-19) 
(Other, to All) 

2d half (20-23) 
Primro.e Pour 
(Other, to nil) 


Autumn Trio 
Oscar Lorraine 
.Santiago Trio 
Shannon A Gordon 
(One to nil) 

td half 
Valentine Vox 
(Other, to nil) 

It. F. Keith'* 

I.ytell A Fant 
Fleurette JeoffrU 
Power". Elephants 
Mme Bes.on 
Chain A Archer 
(Others to nil) 


Ben Smith 
Quixey Four 
Slatko'fl Revue 
(One to nil) 
2d halt 
John LeClalr 
Broneon A Renee 
Willie Solar 
Webb'. Enter 
Mlacahua Co 
Jo. Stanley Co 
Bob Murphy And 
Murphy'. Minstrels 


The Steppers 
Rhodes A Watson 
Nixon A San. 
J. C. Mack Co 
2d halt 
Duval A Symond.^ 



Harvey.. A Stone 
John K Mua 
Burn. A Francl* 
Allen A David 
Stolen Sweet. ' 
Olllette A Rita 



Benson Massino Co 
Jean Granew« Co 
Three Arnaut. 
(Two to nil) 
td half 
Mrs S Drew Co 
Willie Smith 
(Other, to nil) 

B. F. Keith'* 

^red Bowers Co 
4 Casting Star. 
Ray A Hllllard 
Barett A Farnum 
Klnnier ft Frabito 
Jean Schwiller 


4 Readings 
Jason A Harrigan 
Jane Dillon Co 
Shone A Squire* 
(One to nil) 

2d halt 
KaroU Bro. 
Ben Smith 
Tofiie Grey Co 
Welch Mealy A M 
Dancer. CIvwnland 

K. F. Albea 

Three Blank* . 
Montana ' 
Mel Klee 
Torke ft King 
Ifoward ft Clark 
Marino A Martin 
(Two to nil) 
Al Shayno 
Carr A Brey 
Tom Ward Co 
Webb'* Enter 
(One to nil) 
td -halt 
Mack A Earl 



HARRT PEARSON, IttB Market Street 

"8ITTIN' IN A CttfiNER" 

Lee A Cranston 
Marjorle Coate* 
Ibach'* Band 

Croa* Keys 
Hal Jung Jungle 
Kessler A Morgan 
Bobby Henshaw 
B Datchelor Rer 
(One to nil) 

2d halt 
P ft B Ross 
Nixon A San. 
Slatko's Rovu* 
Fred Lindsay 
(One to fill) 
North A South 
Primrose Semon Co 
Will H Armst'g Co 
Shone ft Squire* 
Elkln. Fay ft ■ 
Hugh Herbert Co 
Eddie Foyer 
Mile Vanity 
Grand O. It. 

Laura Ormsbee Co 
(Two to nil) 


(Norfolk Split) 
l.t halt 
Mack ft LaRu* 

The Volunteer 
Grace Haye* 
(Two to fill) 



(WIn.-Salem 8pllt| 

l.t halt 
Dave Roth Co 
Ar||iur Alex'der Oa> 
Emily Darren 
Bally Hoo 3 

td half 
Prof Nakae Ca 
Tommy Toner 
Morley A Anger 
(Two to nil) 



Dr«»kawar rhoiiMraph and Prnnat BM* 


•Warde SU 
Duval & Symonda 
l^ee St Cranston 
Itesaer Sc Irwin 
Scranton Hlrcns 

2d hair 
The Stoppem 
llrady & Mahoney 
Dainty Marie 
Hob Hall 
Hcranton flirena 

Chong A Moey 
Rhodea A Wntaon 
Morton Mystery 
Alice Hamilton 
VarBoll Bros 


Karoli nrofl 
Marjorle Coatca 
The Wreckrr 
Hi-nry * Moore 
Ibach'fl Band 


The l^e Oroha 
Ernie Golden Co 
V & K Rtanton 
China Ulue Plat* 
Bovan & Flint 
Wilfred Clarke Co 


Eddie White Co 
Mrs 8 Drew Co 
(Others to nil) 

2d half 
Oacar Lorraine 
(Others to All) 


Weyman St Comp'n 
Robert Rellly Co 
Ruth Budd 



"HIU- .(AMES J ^ i 


td haM 
•Warde Sister. 
J.^son A Hnrrlgan 
The Explon-r. 
Adam. A (Iriflllh 
(One to nil) 

I (Two to fill) 
2d half 

Al Tucker ft Band 
Wllaon Bro. 
(Two to fill) 

FThursday, t)ecetnber 6, 1923 



Cbu B Lrfiwlor Co 
Orern * Parkar 
lOtlivri to «ll) 

M htit 
Xva La Ru* Co 
(Other* to All) 

8YKACV8B. N. T. 

B. r. Kclth'i 

Hall * D«t«r 
Bill Roblnaon 
Claudius & Scarlet 
Victor Moore Co 
(Othera to flll),- 

Touns * Wheeler 

id half 
Welder SIstera 
Earl Cavanaugh Co 
Mabel licCane 
(Othera to nil) 

B. F. Kalth'a 

Bllen Octavio 
Mtehan A Newman 
The Remoa 
Ruaalan Art Co 
na Jarl 

Clayton A Bdwarda 
Don Valerto 

Arthur Muaton Ca 
Jeanncttc Chllda 
Mack A Stanton 

Speclany Detigned 
Ready to Wear 


1632 Broadway 

At Fiftieth St. 

r Capitol Revue 

Bd K Ford 
t Cunnlnsham Revue 
fv (One to nil) 

8d half 
"• Camllla'a Birds 

John Heffay Co 

C'lham * Bennett 

(Two to nil) 



r- (10-11) 

(Same bill playa 
Bt. Peteraburjr, Il- 
ls ; Liakcland, 14; 
Orlando, IE) 
Tftul Nolan Co 
Birdie Kramer 
GoBa A Barrowa 
Jack l.aNler Co 

Oliver A Olp 

N Y lllppodrome t 

Caaaon Proa A M 

Welder Flatera 
Karl Cavanaugh Co 
Mable McCane 
(One to nil) 

2d half 
Blue Bird Revue 
Kellam A Olmrp 
Shrlner A FItla'm's 
(One to All) 



Zematcr & Smith 
Ijturu Ordway 
t'has Keating Co 


Peptimistic Songster 

T Honey Boya 
B. F. Keith's 

Bichon Broa 
Debell A Watera 
Kelly A B'm'gnam 
Olga Myra Co 
(One to flin 

2d half 
Larimer A Iludaon 
Roxcy La Rocca 
Keane A Whitney 
Barrett A Cunccn 
Bverybody Step 



Mallia Bart 
Weber A Ridnor 
Xlulroy Mc.N A B 
Julius Tannen 
Shaw A Lee 
Anatol Frledl'd Co 


Berneviccl Broa, 

(Two to fill) 
:d half 
Bohemian Life 
Harry Bentell 
(Oihera to fill) 


Devine A Oould 
Mazette Lewis Co 
Waiter James 
^iix Hassans 
(One to nil) 

2d half 
Ruth Day 
(Othera to All) 


Rosa A Roma 

Mabel IlaTpcr Co 

The Explorers 


Beck & Rector 

Dancera Clownland 

2d half 
Van Armin's Mlna 




Times Bqaare Theatre, N. T. 

Pr'klyn Charlea Co 
(Others to nil) 

2d half 
Nippon Duo 
Henry SuUivafl 
Ray'a Bohemians 
(Two to nil) 

TBOY, N. t. 

Keller Sis A Lynch 
Just Out Knickers 
Dwyer A Orma 
Wilson Broa 
Al Tucker A Band 

2d half 
King A IrwIn 
Butlv Budd 
Xugene Emmett I 
Will Mahoney 
(One to All) 


ID'rarlnne A Palace 


Cnhlil A Romalne 

Cliarissl Family 


2d half (13-1(1) 
Ruth Day 
l>an Coleman Co 
Chaa rurceJIe 
AnKcr A Packer 
(Two to mil 

1st half (17-151 
Hasel tireen A iid 
Brown A Whlttaker 
Murphy & Norton 
(Others to All> 

2rt half (20-23) 
A A M Havel Rev 
Ward A Van 
(Others to nil) 

Operu House 

Mack A Earl 
Dance Creations 
Allc6 Money 
Kay Hamlin A Kay 

2d half 
Martinet A Crow 
Al Hhayne 
Naomi & Boys 



IMS Broadway, New York 

Tel. Bryant M53 

(One to nil) 
:d half 
Betty Bayne 
farr St Brcy 
Bernard A Clarry 
Bob Bender Tr 
(One to nil) 

I'TICA, N. T. 

Blue Bird Rev 
KeHnm A O'Jiare 
Shriner A Fitis'iii's 
(Others to nil) 

(One to nil) 

Harry Itentell 
Norton A Wlloon 
•riiilnon D A J 
Dance f'rentlons 
(One to nil) 

2d half 
Zemater A Kmlth 
Zeck A Itandolph 
Davis A Sanforrl 
Mattylee T.ipiiard 
Bohemian Mfe 



jliaco Ayrea Co 

2d half 
Danring M'Donald* 
*K Krnnefly t'o 
Chas Bogera Co 

SAM F.nlllE 



: PIAymg raramount theatres. Now eec- 
■*' and week Orauman'a .Metropolitan, Litw 

Nan Travetlne Co 
Rose nf Horem 
Wilson A Kelly 
Camir.e 3 

Pan Sherman co 

Morey Ik I'orbin 
l-'erry Corwey 
.Mullen A Francia 

John Olma C* 
King Solomon Jr 

id half 
Jack llanley 
SchlcH'a M'rion'ttea 
Roscoe Alia Co 
*Capea A Moors 
(One to nil) 


Dancing M'Donalda 
•Muriel A rbyllla 
Luckei A Harris 
Molly Darling Rev 
Pert Helton 
The Weldonaa 

2d halt 
Nan Travellne Co 
Wilson A Kelly 
Senna A Dean 
Lee A Mann 
•Geo Choos Fables 
Camilla Trio 


Jim Felix 
E Kennedy Co 
Chas Rogers Co 
Favorites of Past 
(One to nil) 

2d half 
Morey A Corbln 
Rose of Harem 
Foley A La Tour 
The Wcldonas 
(One .to nil) 


Jack Haniey 
Foley & I.a Tour 

1st halt 
Downey A Clarldge 
Burks A Bettr 
Dance Carnival 
Fields A Fink 


T.loyd Nevada Co 
Two Orphans 
Byron & Balg 
Frank A Barron 
Teddy Claire Co 

2d halt 
Ontario Duo 
SCeida Santley 
Berrick A Hart 
Frank Richardson 


Senna A Dean 
Earl A Jklathews ^ Mann 
*Oeo Choos Fables 

'.'d half 
•Muriel A Phyllis 
Ferry Cqjwey 
1 ert KelTon 
.Molly Darling Rev 



(Scranton split) 
Ist half 
Booth A 
Kva La Uue Co 
Frank Farron 
Singer's Midgeta 

PERT (<.til I M ia.:u 


Dan Sherhian Co 
t'ories A Moore 
Roscoo Alls Co 
Sehlctis M'non'ltea 

2d haff 
Omre Ayres Co 
Farl A .Malhewa~ 
I.uclUe & Harris 
King Solomon Jr 
Mulirn A Frnncls 
John Olms Co 


(Wk 8-llarre spill) 

(One to nil) 


Onlariy Duo 
Zelda Santley 
llerrUrk A Hart 
Frank Richardson 

2d halT 
I.loyd Nivada Co 
2 Or:)hanii 
Hyron .'i llaig 
Krar.:-. ft llarron 
Teddy liaire Co 



La.^<*lle (iardeas 


Thernton Sis 
Harry Faber Co 
(Two to fill) 
2d half 

(Two to nil) 

2d half 

Wolgapt .«• (i.rlle 

((Mheri. to nil) 

Faorot O. H. 


Lucy Bruch i 
Christy A M'D'nal] 
Movie Maaque 
(Two to nil) 


AI(X'der & Elmore 
I'onn A Albert 
(Othera to nil) 


Baitley \- Porter 
Byron Oiria 
Johnny Coulon 
(Two to nil) 

3d halt 
Roae Rev 
Thornton 81a 
Oeo Morton 
(One to All) 


•Romeo A Ci\t\m 
Newhoff & Phelps 
Leo Haley 
Odd Chaps 
(Two to All) 


Ramsey's Canaries 
Bayes A Speck 
(One to All) 
2d half 
Wallace Galvin 
•fj P Wilson Co 
(Two to All) 


Odd Chapa 
Oeo Morton 
Christy A M'D'n'ld 
(One to All) 
2d half 
Baxlcy A Porter 
Byron Olria 
Eekert A Francis 
Johnny Coulon 
(One to Ail) 


Ren All 

Kuaene l^'.HIanc 
lA>ve a La Carte 
Caaey Warren Co 
Gene Greene 

2d half 
Beenian A Grace 
Brown A Rogers 
Temt-Ie t 
(Otliers to nil) 


2d half 
Black A O'Donnell 
The Beifords 
(Three to Til) 


Bush A Joy 
Wallace Galvin 
Herron A Oaylord 
Beeman A Grace 

2d half 
Eugenie LeBlanc 
(Three to nil) 

Wolgast A Olrlle 
♦Harold Kennedy 
Belmont's Canaries 
(One to All) 

2d half 
(Three lo All) 


The Faynea 

Black A O'Donnell 

(Two to All) 

2d half 
Bayle A Patay 
Billy Clifford 
(Two to All) 


T.ucy Brusch 
Rose Hevua 
Temple 4 
•Cav.'ina 3 
(One to All) 

:d half 
Biioh A Joy 
H'lrrv Faber Co 
(Three to All) 



•Levy * Crnwells 
Urown * I.aVelle 
Arthur Jarntt Co 
•Carmen A Ross 
(Two to Ail) 


CHICAGO. Il.l.. 

HILTON WEIL, 119 North (lark Street 




(Sup'lay oiienlnif) 
Mrlntyrc A Heath 
Kae ^alliUeis 
Karyl .Norman Co 
I'l i.itn 

Morray A Oaklaml 
Krneet lliatt 
Willie Holls 
Vnclle A C.ygl Co 
Ntnte IaUs 

(.'Junilay oiieniiig) 
.Margaret Young 
( 'arlt .(.• BefKnian 
Joe l'^ ttrown 
Itanny nugan 
Clenn A Jenkins 
Chamberlain A K 

The Zlefflers 
! Arnaut l(r. s 


Fr:iT!k !.a ?'■ n' 
Alexao'Ier A F'l- 
Ilejiie * Ci.ul 
Illi,».«..,,i S. . ley 
(I me l,> (II!) 

2d half 
rhoa K Shea 

II Facerj'B t~HLO 
(Two I.I nili 



Aeeji ,< Joiner 
lllliv MeMerliiolf 

Ray I'ageiia or" 


te Bent k7 Oa7 or Hour 


1607 Broadway 

Apply Room 303 

Phons Bryant 1023 

Bspe A Button 
(One to All) 
3d halt 

Mahon A Cholet 
Blossom Secley Co 
Rome A Gaut 
Toyama Japs 
(Two to nil) 


Deagon A Mack 
Clown Revue 
Hall Ermine A B 
Carter A Cornish 
Yong Wang Co 



(Sunday opofling) 
Irene Franklin 
Avon Comedy Four 



(Sunday opening) 
Kerr A Weston 
Harrlaon A Dakin 
Bob Anderaon 
Lime Trio 
Geo Nash A Co 
Senat'tr Ford 


(Sunday opening) 
Bessie Barriscale 
I.ehr A Mercedes 
Harry Rose 
1-rank Dixon 
Princess Itajah 
Wison Aubrey Trio 

Main Street 

(Sunday opening) 
i,;lyde Cook 
Morion A Glass 
Have A l resale 
Wvckfus Sync'p't'rs 
Carson A Wlllard 
Artie Mehllnger 
3 Lorilena 

Stanley A BIrnea 
rowers A Wallace 
McGooda (..-n^en Co 
Ted Lorraine 
Max Sovereign 


May Wlrth Co 
Ryan A 

Sig Priscoo 
Four Aces 
Mollis Fuller 
JAB Morgan 
Begee A Qupee 



(Same bill plays 
White. Fresno, 
H Stoddard Band 
Leavitt A I.ockw'd 
I^ambert A Fish 
Hans Beets 
Lydell A Mocy 
Clown /Seal 
While' Sisters 


H.ARHY HI'ME, «00 Pantages Bldg. 



(.Sunday opening) 
H C ITllliam 
Dud DeKerek.tarto 
niliy Arlington 
Jiin:ny I^cas 
Dixie Four 
Al Herman 
Chic foles 

Hill Street 

HI I la Bo 
W<ak Spot 
Jack George Duo 
Leviathan Orch 
Nat Carr 
(One to All) 

.Marlon Harris 
B'iger ImhofI 
Kieiii B-os 
Gulran A Marg'rlte 
ll.-gedos Sisters 

Golden Gate 


Awkward Age 
Kenny A Hnllis 
Venila Could 
Moss A Frye 


Belle Baker 
EmiUe Lea 
Irving A Moore 
K Sinclair Co 
Zuhn A Dries ■ 
Seed A Austin 
IVe Lyle A Ida 
Harry Watson l.'o 


(Sunday opening) 
Kenton A Fields 
Whiting A Burt 
Bert llar)lt,n 
Wm Ebbs 

Stars of the Future 
(Unu to Ail) 

2d halt 
F La Dent Co 

Callahan A Bliss 
Jean 8uth«'rn 
rriniroao Minstrele 
Stone A Hayea 
Higglna A Blossom 


Int half 

Two Davoys 
I'ieree & Kosiyn 
Bowls A V Kaufm'n 
•Weller Maxwell W 


Margaret Srvsm 
Harry Delf 
to Miles f'm B'way 
Splendid A i'arincr 
Regan A Curllss 
Show Oft, 
Hawthorne A Cook 


Harry Kahne 
Cavanaugh A C'per 
Johnny Burks 
The Arleys 
Thank You Doctor 
T A K Andrews 



Rosa Ellis A Rose 
Evelyn (^unningh'm 
Jans A Whalen 
Dave Harrii 
Jiiitiiiy ^iavo Co 
Sewell SiS Co 

KItamura Jups 
Arilelle Clv,iv.!S 
•Bro'herly l.ove 
I.anru Lie Co 
llowurd Mart '11 (o 
Clayton A T.eniila 
.Spoor A Parsons 
(One to All) 

:d half 
Joe Allen 
Lovelt A Dale 
P.aee A Edge 
chas Ah. arn t'o 
Billy Smith 


3 Falcona 
Funnan A Evana 
Hackett A Gregory 
Ash A Wells 
Kirkwood Trio 

2d half 
Kitamura Japs 
F A M Dalu 
Cook A Oalman 
McCoy A 'Walton 

Gates Aire. 
.Irco Bros 
Fenwick 81s 
Lillian Steele Co 
McCoy A Walton 
Jewel Box Bevue 

Id half 
3 LaPrarIa 
Hatau Kuma 
Gates A Finley 
Billy Mason Co 

Starring In "The Gingham Girl" 


Direction MAX HART 

Cook A Rosevere 
Telaak A Dcane 
Leon A MIttI 

J^my Fletcher 
Tealsak A Dean 
R0!«e'8 Midgets 
(Two lo All) 

2d half 
Hardy Bros 
•Frcy A Jordan 
Rosea .Midgets 
(Two to nil) 

Lincoln S4|. 
Flying Henrys 
BIgelow A Lee 
Phil brick A UeVoo 
Jack Goldie 
(One to nil) 

id half 
Fenwick Sli 


DeKoeh Trio 
Walter Miller Co 
Ward A Boh 1 man 
l.Hl'alarica Trio 
(One to nil) 

2d half 
Welas Troupe 
Helene Davia Co 
Harry Mayo 
A Francis A Boya 
(One lo nil) 

Marjorie Burton 
•Hunting A Htanl'y 
,Chas Tobias 
(Oni' to All) 

2d hair 
LAG Harver 
Maley A O'Brien 



FVnturcil wirh 


l*.intaK«« Tour 


CHARLIE MELSON, 411 West Hth Street 


WAG Ahearn 


R Roberts Band 



(Sunday opening) 
Sophie Ti;cker 
Bert Biker Co 
O'.Neil A riunkett 
yip Yapt:nnkers 
> Whirlwinds 

Clemenos Belling 
Billy Arlington Co 

Ben Bernio 
McLellan A Carson 
Jack Clifford 
George Lyons 
Cook Mortimer A H 


(Sunday opening) 

JACK \ 1 


Finish Orpheum, St. Louig.f 1 

WMk Dao. 9th. ■ ] 

Then Homg to N«w York fori ■ 

tha Holldayg. | J 

Direction: BILLY GRADT r \ 
ED. S. KELLER Office \ \ 

HUJipy Uroi 
rpt'ito OfL-nadoi 



(.*^uiuljiy o(if'ning) 
Iicnnh* TifonArd Co 
Holly Kay 
Hiriniin TimbPrg 
I^ii t !■ TwiriM 
Ht n Wt^ytT 
f )('i)nn<>r Twlnn 


(Sunilay oi'»-nlng) 

Mr A- .Mrf! Hnmllton A- Mflck 
(*iirl<-t<.n iV ncrlfW 
HfiWPTM Water A f 
HoliiiM ft I> Vere 

0\KI..\M>. CAU 

Wm r<rat)ury 

Four Morion* 
Maurice IMamond 
Flo I.fwijt 
Harry Moor* 
I>oolry A Morton 
(One to fllO 


(Sundny oiM-nlngt 
Son lJn(lK*-ra 
DezDo Kctter 
MrT,au|[hlin 8, R 
Rmmy'n I'etK 
Hulty A Ylntiffhtt.n 
f'omiitl of Hi-anon 
EUa KrupTK^^r 



Rockw^-U A Pol 
Jpftn Mirlfllfton 
Tolly A <>s 
Van KoTfll 

*Atlalr & Itr.iham 
Mark ik Marion 
Cool! (i Shaw Slt» 
Orrrley ("q. 

M.n-k S: O.T;iUI 
V i:i.rr«-it <'(> 
Dnlibs ft Wilt kin.- 
V"»mi A- ("arpon 
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3 Uolfi-rs 

:M hnlf 
3 Pfthonn 
Ml.'lUr A niilly 
•Apth A Wtlla 
(•amp of llr-arta 
I>«l«iirry St. 
Nnvfllr Hr»ifi 
K:;y A I*.>rtr,nn 
Cook A Uo*'f'Vt-r«* 
Krey A Jorilan 

I)HV Ht till' HiH'*'f 

2(1 hair 
royal DnnoM 
•Ciilfjiort A rirown 
•nroi herly T.iM'p 
.Vcrprnn .V ^!^r.•^n 
Kiriiwood Trio 

n I-al'cnrIa 
•(Julfport A Ilrdwn 

Mn(k A Marlon 
A Oami> of Hrarta 

2d half 
Nnvollf! Broa 
ArdcllA Cleave* 
PhUbrlck A DeVoe 
(*]ayton A T.(ennle 
(One to All) 

Hardy llroa 
IlHtau Kuma 
Oatfifl A rinlejr 
Harry Mayo 
•Mllftle Pm Co 

2d half 
T.aMont Trio 
I^nura I-pp <'o 
Mlllan Htri'iP To 
•iJobbf" A Wnlkinf 
I>ay at th* Ilftf-ca 

T-aMont Trio 
Nancy Dcikcr 
I'onk A Oalman 
MnrpHn A Muran 
(J Pirat'd A Mnld 

•li\ half 
Arm Uron 
VhI'-b a ''.'ircon 
Morri-iar-y A Vouhk 

Tsnt'alarlra 3 
(One to nil) 


Uf^dfiJid A Mndd'-n 
(Joldlo A Hr-attiA 
*.'H*|.'r (labrl*-) Co 
Mob l.aSallp Co 
.1' v\ fl Kaulknor 



Tony A O.'finte 
a A \. Onr.l.n 
I.tltlt! Cindi-telln 
.\f]lor A IJiinhir 
UuFKf) TiAii A Ttliartu 



Tumor nrna 
I.iuly Tff.n M.-! 
Tirrnnrd A Hearth 
Hiiriv r.ijt 
J A I Marlln 


1 ll-'<MInKl«>nn 
K*>nn''dy A f*uvlH 
H;il .lohnaiii) Vo 
(Irindcn A KathiT 
\.f\s MIMon Co 

Bl rFAI.O 


Wordcn Kroa 
CAM Huh»r 
\.^X rubtlc TVrlde 
Anna chandler 
5 chaplni 


rtrofiluR A Urown 
Ifafter A Paul 
Htflla MayhPW 
(Two to fill) 


Dona I Sla 

Kennedy A Krarnfr 
llarto A Clark 
Montp A T.yona 
r.ural Kollirs 


I>riN< oil A I'f rry 
I'fUffKiB A h'Kbert 
yuiKlf-y A Mack 
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Aft'ltrlnnnl foature (hie aeason 


nt (he iiarp 

K«llh'i Pilaci. N. v.. Thii Wrk (Dae. 1) 


Diraclian H. B MARINFLLI 
Keltli'i Palaca. N. Y.. Ntil Wnk (Oa< lo) 

l.ander llroa 
Darning iJhOM 



Aronly Bros 
Newport Stirk A 1' 
l.lllle Sylvia 
Krl«nd A Sparling 
liancu KrlvolUlea 


N',.|iinn'« Kalland 
Merrill A Cnughlln 
I> S A I^Kler 
DInua A Uulniont R 
3 alaxttllo* 

I.eoMk Lnllarr 
Klaher * 8h.'p|i.ira 
Byelyn PltUlipa Co 



Amoroa A Obey 
Vail A Harrow 
Allen A Taxi 
Hrrt Walton Co 
llamel Mia A Stroaa 

2d half 
Wallon A M-irKhall 
Clark A Oroaby 
Jim n.'yi'old» 
McPevllt Kelly A Q 
Joe UeKoo Troupe 

Frank J. Gillen 

1658 Broadway, New York 

Otarcle MSS 


MKNlS roa 5i"tKR ACTS, thios. 

qi'ABTKTTRB, Kte. 



Rur;e A Rnaft 
fort.'Z A Hyan 
KiiKTuon A Baldwin 
Van A Vernon 
Oourl of King Cole 


rhandon Trio 
Frank WardT 
llpnard A Wcat 
f!:illa,^A Roblaa 

OMIiliOflH. WIS. 
(J rand 

Mabol Drew 
I) A V\ t'arka 
Al l{ \vilBon 

SrR'OrLD, MAM). 

Welliin A Murahall 
Clark A Cr.iaby 
Jlin Reynolda 
Idcllevllt Kelly A Q 
Jo* lleKoe Troupo 

2d half 
Amoroa A Obey 
Vale A narrow 
Allen «■ Tail 
Tiert Waltun 
Hanx^l HIa A Stroaa 


Yonnn-n Ht. 
nr'kaway Darlowea 
Phil r)a\la ^ 

Brown A Blaine 
Jaa C Morton Co 
Bernard A Townea 
Homer Sla Co 

Theatre Comlquo R 
(Une to nil) 


Selma Braats Co 
N A O Vorga 



Oordun A StewacM 
OlWer A Olaon v- . > 
8ld Hall Co 
Bond A Ada ma ' 
Royal Pekin Tr , 


Hoqr Win* 
H'btrt 9i Croaaman 
HAM Kiiber 

(Oiii- to nil) 

:d halt 
Will Rternard 
rhua Harle Co 
(One lo nil) 


.1 Minora 
l'V» d .\rdHlh Co 
Miinii'iitM O'd Opera 
Oorli'lll A Duwd 

•Stanley A 'Wll »\» 
Clin Urren 
Oonxlnra Monka 



Duke A Oueheaa 
•n A C Mon ihan 
Ray A Frnncia 
Failden 'I'rlo 
Jim Mrdlll 
J'llaer A l>ay 
Mnrnlaa llroa A T) 
(One la Illl) 


Booked for thlrly-Ava wreka of Kellb 
• Time by ALF, T. VI'ILTON 

\ i.>la l.ewla Co 


.Morton A Hrown 
•Sunilifer A Venerle 
Klhil WJIflon 
Bill A I.eClaIr 
'I'lirt'*) IlKHKHnla 
I. mil. nig fllrl 
.Mnoon A Zudiira 
Leila Hhaw I'u 
3 Buddtea 

Murray A Markey 
Muaiciil Hhcrmana 

m.TON. N. Y. 

K..|ly * '/Ho 
(Two to nii» 

(iKNKVA, N. r. 

Boyd Ki lillea 
Hurry Bloom 
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K A K .S'-I^on 

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llllcue .Sl« I'o 

Avenne II 

(Irani A Ki . ley 
tfrrmr TWTta r*n- 
Maliy A i) II:'. n 
Ithiir-,' «'r*«iionB 

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M'ii'''h A I Mir 
•M;ir,iori<' llurinn 
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I'hlaholm A llr ■• n 
.Inlla iM'l.iy 
Jn Muatc Land 

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Mlli' I'iaudla 
■II «^ .1 linker 
n<y (i.ih.r 
'» (« Alt) 


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I'ox Jlr MoriiM 
''orii ' Y i'r»r»on t: 

Id hnlf 
lla/n MorWtr 

'pi'nntiftr A ••llff rd 
lut rry 6t f.nno.iMt. r 

,MI':MrHIS ' 


Klin.* Mri^^> .^ &I 

Dunrnn*! Band 
0»ddia Trio 
Codt-n A T.urken 
(One In (111) 

2d half 
I.nvlnc A T.avino 
•Klo Krkcrt Co 
*Howei» A Baldwin 
•4 MUKlial I.unda 
(Two to nil) 

Mnte Cnngreoa 
Nnlo A If 1720 
Hob »IMa 
Hanfp Kiidw 
Four l.un'lM 
l.ovin*' A I.nvlne 
(Thri'c to ftll) 

2d half 
•Klo Kck.rl Co 
Ji'iml<! Auli.rt 
Kvona A- r.*arl 
(Two lo (111) 

HO. ( IIICAdO. Il.l.. 

•(',, p..|.„rlii(0 
H'.wn * Baldwin 
.IrFHH' Atjhi^rt 

crwo lo Illl I 

2d half 
WaMn A I^ruka 

Pollelte A Mother 

Whitncid A Ir, 
J AdliT A Ciria 


Benll4.y llanU < A O 

I'd hair 
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MAIiARA IAI,l,.<t 

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(Threo to (III) 

Jd half 
n.iill. y Banl;a » O 
(Tlir.c lo nil) 



Whim. Id A Ir'-liiiwl 
HaniHdrll & (», yo 

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Coi A noma 
II Ma. iota 

(iniiial Itrndat (« the 1!. V. A. 


U»:< llroadway (I'ulnam Uldg.l. .N T. 



I'unf'an'a Hand- 
el In . . t,, nil) 

((MITHMI. .N. 

I 'a v.- A renny 

M tmiKN. O. 

IttT half 
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(C't>ntiliu<!<1 on puKt) *^) 


Thursday, December 6, 1023 



"I Love >ou" ■nd 
"Lif* of a Rom" 

'Orang* Grova In California" and 
'Dancing Honaymoon" 
"I'vo Got Song For Sala" and 
"Tin Roof Blues" 
"Moonlight Kiates" and 
"Muaic of Lova" 
"Sittin' In a Cornar" and 
"Maggie, Yes Ma'am" 
"Steamboat Sal" and 
"Down South Bluaa" 

"Linger Awhile" and 
"Spanish Moon" 
"Sittln* Pretty" and 
"Mocking Bird Blues" 
"Little Butterfly" and 
"Waltz of Long Ago" 
"Song of Love" and 
"So This la Love" 
<'When It's Nightime in Italy" and 
"Mamma Goes Where Papa Goes" 
"Some Day" and 
"Holding Hands" 

"Last Night on Back Porch' and 
"Walk Jennie Walk" v 

"I Love You'' and 

"Pretty Peggy" 

"Sittin' In a Corner" and 

"Tall Alt the Folks in Kentucky" 

"That Old Gang of Mine" and 

"No No Nora" 

"No No Nora" and 

"Banana Bluet" 

'''''amma Goes Where Papa Goea" 

and "Somebody'a Wrong" 

-Midnight Rose" and 

"I Ain' Got Nobody" and 
"St. Louis Blues" 
"Oh Harold" and 
"Henpecked Blues" 
■Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble" and 
"Ritzi Mitzi" 
"No No Nora" and 
"Cut Youraelf Piece of Cake" 
"Open Your Heart" and 
"Pestieatin' Mamma" 


"Pal of My Dreams' 
"Little Butterfly" 
"Oh How She Lied" 
•Shake Your Feet" 
"Last Night on Back Porch" 


Sheet music sales have taken a^rop, not unusual at this time 
of the season although a bit more premature this year than ever 

What Is selling Is not com|«irable to the turnover In the period 
when "Bananas" or "Girl T^at Men Forget" were the rage. 

""I Love You" la about the best thing In and out of the production 
line and as widespread in appeal as the ordinary pcsp song hit. 

The following are among the sellers: "Back rorch," "IndMha 
Moon." "Slttin' In a Corner," "Sitting Pretty In Pretty Little City," 
''Can't Get Sweetie I Want. Pltty Sweetie I Get," "Xo No Nora," 
"Not Here. Not There," "Drifting B.ick to Dreamland," "Sleep," 
"You Cant Make Fool Out of Me," "Down on the Farm," "It's Not 
the First Time You Left Me," "The West, a Nest and You," "Saw 
Mill River Road," "Mamma Loves Papa," "Mamma Goea Where Papa 
GoeP." "Wonderful One," "Land of Cotton Blues," ".More," "Arcady, ' 
"That Old Gang of Mine," "If I Can Take Yo>i From Somebodj' 
Blee," "Love," "Dear Old lady," "Stay Home Little Girl," "Oh 
How She Lied." "Linger Awhile,'' "Nightime in Italy," "Somebody's 
Wrong," "Just For Tonight," ''Wonder," "Out Where the Blue 
Begins," "Mamma Is Gonna Slow You Down," "Midnigljt Rose," 
"Dirty Hands, Dirty Face," ".My Pal," "Roses of Ploardy," "Jxive 
Senda^Glf t of Roses," "Kiss in Dark." 

Of production music, the "Music Box Revue" score is picking up 
promisingly. "Pretty Peggy" (from "Vanltie.s") Is catching on; 
ditto "Old Fashioned Love" (from Runnin' Wild") "One Kleaf and 
"Topics of 1923" are too new to show up yet. "Stepping Stonee ' has 
a. consistently selling score despite its newness. 


(Continued from page 9) 
of last week and the same day of this week he sprung stories that landed 
on the front page of at least one metroolitan daily Last week tl»e yarn 
detailed how the daughter of Governor Plnchot of Pennsylvania was 
engaged by Max Reinhardt for the role of the nun while returning from 
Europe. ThW week he landed similarly for Lady Diana Manners, the titled 
English girl, who is nominated for the same role. There have been more 
follow-ups on Lady Diana. 

The general opinion along the street seems to be that the leaving of 
"Sally' by Marlllyn Miller slsnlfles the termination of her connection 
with the Zlegtold regime, but such is not the case. Miller holds a 
three-year agreement with Zieggy, but the understan4jng i« that her 
quitting of "Sally" means the producer mu^t make good the stipulation 
in the contract which says the star is to hi<\'e a new play by Feb. 1. 

It is reported that the regular understudy will replace Miss Miller at 

the end of this week. 

I ;■■-., 

Jose Alossandro, an Argentinian, who made hia debut on Broadway with 
Ethel Barrynioro. in "Tlie LuishhiK Laily," is rogMidod as a find. It 
was his first appearance in I?;ni,'lisb. althoush he las played abroad for 
several years. Alossandro Is Ironing out his dialect with the object of 
broadening his field for rolcH. 

Avery Hopwood doesn't like the present split between author and 
government under the Income tax law. I'ntll there la some modification 
in the statute he will hold back his material, struggling along as best he 
ma.v on what is left to him out of bis oxlBtlng royaltle , it is said. Averys 
income for several years has topped JIO.OOO a week and he also has a 25 
per rent interest in "The Bat." 

August .I.inssrn, proprietor of the Hofbrau Haus. a Broadway cafe, and 
an extensive real estate Investor (in L<in;; Lsland. has had several tough 
breaks in the last year. Ills stioak of bad luck started when robbers 
broke into the Hofbrau and made away with about $40,n00 In Ibiuors. 
He invested in the Oliver Miunsco, Inc.. entcrpriaos and at the last count 
Is reiwrtcd to have sunk $100,000. Monday night he rerelved the worst 
blow. Ten men entered bis home at Neck. L. I., lined the occu- 
pants against the wall and reniovod the contents of the wine cellar. Liquor 
to the value of .i ciuartcr of a million dollars was s o.on. The men removed 
the lifiuor In motor trucks, which carried thim to tlie .lanssen home, about 
300 feet 'rum the road. It is believed the robbery was the result of a 
tlp-( T. probably from a dischargca employe. 

The scenery for Raquel Meller'a American production was all ready to be 
hung wlien the Kelwyna were apprised of the Spanish Hongstress' Illness. 
John Wenger had Just completed the practical supervision of bis settings. 

A Yiddish dranrUlc hit on the lower East Side, New Yor'ic, Is »ald to be a 
Tree adaptation of Over The Hills to the Poorhouse" under another title 

Alice Fleming, who plays the French peasant woman In "Lullaby," ba 
been named understudy to Florence Reed, star of the show. Miss Flem- 
ing on her first trip to Broadway, succeeded Cluisllne .Norman in "The 
Nest" and «ubse<iuently playe<l the Scotswoman in ".Morphia" with Lowell 
Sherman Prior to these engagements she h.ul created the role of Mine. 
Daudet In "Fires of Spring," a Woods show tried out irt Cleveland. Miss 
Fleming Is regarded aa one of the real character artists of the stage and, 
in addition to the peasant role in ''Lullaby," play.s the part of Baroness 
JDex in the tliird act. 

(Continued from pu«e 10) 
"Windows" at the 'Village theatre, 
doingr well enough down there and 
wanting to come uptown. That it 
could not come uptown must leave 
it a failure on the record. If the 
show is "there" It must find a place 
in the Broadway sun. Nothing but 
money counts in the commercial 
show business. 

While the Grand Guignol Players 
might have been deemed a fc-pecial 
attraction by the Selwyns, it came 
in all wrong without the original 
players of the Grand Guignol, Paris, 
and goes down as a flop on its 

Box Score Comment 
The first box score published by 
Variety caused more comment 
throughout this country than any- 
thing ever published' a^ a standing 
feature by a theatrical p.iper. Be- 
^^des publishing it. Variety Kent out 
the first score in its V'hiversal 
Service weekly wire. 

Comment In print, editorially and 
In theatrical departments of dailies, 
was widespread. Variety has re- 
printed a few. It struck a great 
many as a new wrinkle to keep tabs 
on the critics by percentages on 
their guesses. 

In the show business the inno- 
vation waa accepted with much 
gratification. The human question 
enters into It. Whether it is a 
trade paper such as this that is 
watching them, the metropulltiin 
reviewers know at least someone or 
something is watching them. Its 
reflection is claimed by Broadway 
producers to have been noted in 
the reviews in the dallies of New 
York since the first box score was 
published In Variety. 

The comment took various turns. 
Some commentators upon Variety's 
Idea questioned the paper's authori- 
ty to so tabulate scholarly critics 
and set them In the category of 
baseball players — in other words 
Variety waa trying to be as vul- 
garly offensive in its espionage of 
the critics aa It usually is in its 
ordinary way. 

Other observers who expressed 
their views in type said it wouldn't 
work harm- to anyone in the long 
run and might bring a realization 
to the critics under watch that 
there is a reading public expectant 
of Informative express4oi.. 

The New York dram.-.tic critics 
heretofore have been a world unto 
themselves; they erected their own 
ped«staUi and then stood upon 
them; the last say for a play, ob- 
livious of the box office and the 
Broadway ticket brokerage office; 
and the Broadway ticket office is a 
much better guide to the theatre 
than all of the critics of New York. 
The ticket agency tells of the de- 
mand for tickets and for what. That 
is wholly Indicative of the public 
taste. It la what Variety mostly 
resorts to tor the strength in draw- 
ing power of any attraction. With 
rare exceptions the ticket agency 
demand 10 infallible. The exceptions 
are where a show of peculiar qual- 
ity, such as "Abie's Irish Rose," 
draws a counter sale through the 
special clientele it appeals to. 

Personal Opinion Means Nothing 

Variety's score for critics brings 
sharply out that the critic's per- 
sonal opinion counts for the same 
naught his failure does when re- 
fusing to give an affirmative or 
negative opinion on a new play. 
The same critics who rail for the 
"Art" thing on the speaking stage 
and refuse to allow their high 
brows to contract for the public 
thoy write to, will go to a picture 
house and on the reverse, attempt 
t,o review a moving picture ob- 
viously built down in its every step 
for the picture houses fans it is to 
oater to. 

Variety's Score Keeping 
In the comment on Variety's 
score appeared here and there, 
more often humorously, an allusion 
to what one person miglit do in 
keeping the score in Variety's of- 
fice. Variety's scoring system may 
stand explanation. 

The reviews in the dailies pass 
through three hands before finally 
reduced to concrete form on a 
largo board by a "g ' or "l»" >i«- 
noting good or b,ad acconling to the 
notice, or an "o" for no opinion. 
The summary of the reviews are 
■ published weekly in Variety's 
"Critical Digest." 

When Variety prepares to publish 
the box score such iis appears in 
this issue the sucee.saes and failures 
are p.issed upon by three others of 
the staff, according to t^e known 
facts, the record of box office tak- 
inga aa reported weekly in Variety 

and the agency demand (or the play 
while it endured. 

Reviews by •econd->trin( men 
are marked by an <'x" and not 
counted against the regular review- 
er of the paper, although When 
those reviewers who catch nearly 
everything (like Dale of the Ameri- 
can") later reviews the show (in a 
ruah of openings) the "x" is re- 
moved and Dale's opinion recorded 
In its stead. Ofttimea the paper's 
critic re^ew does not appear for 
several da}-s after a play haa> 

Variety's next box office score will 
be published in January. It will be 
complete up to that time, taking in 
the play^ then running with the 
record on those passed out as 
well. A complete record of the 
standing of the critics (through the 
changes as evidenced In th-j first 
two scores) will not be fully estab- 
lished until the ending of the sea- 

What One Paper Said 

In one of the comments of Va- 
riety's box score and the New York 
critics a paper said that there might 
be newspaper publishers who would 
like to kn'>w the dramatic critic of 
their papers were In tune with the 

Variety in scoring Itself docs not 
print nor record a rtDtice given on 
a piece that closes before weekly 
Variety will be out or within the 
following week after Its opening, if 
caught by Variety after its current 
edition goes to press. The example 
is "Dumb-Bell." Through this 
method Variety's total shows but 39 
reviews in the 41 shows. 


Hi -jacking And banditry on the 
state roads of Warren county, N. Y., 
the rum exchange point and heart of 
the "Bootleg Trail." created through 
an almost universal disregard for 
law and order by the promiscuous 
handling of bootleg liquor, received 
a decided jolt at the hands of Judge 
George S. Raley, District Attorney 
Fred M. Beckwith and a Jury in 
County Court at Lake George a few 
days ago when Martin Blackbird, 23, 
ind Carl Gregolelt, Glans Falls taxi- 
men, were each given a term of not 
less than Ave years nor more than 
ten years at hard labor in Denna- 
mora state's prison. 

Along with Wilbur Searles, 21, of 
Glens Falls, and Fred Fitzgerald. 36, 
of Presque Isle, Me., Blackbird and 
Gregolelt were Indicted at the Oc- 
tober term of the Warren county 
grand jury on charges of highway 
robbery, first degree, growing out 
of the holdup and seizure of a booze- 
laden car between Lake George and 
Warrensburg on the night of June B. 

Although reports of activities 
among night marauders racing up 
and down the International highway 
between New York and Montreal has 
been reaching the ears and eyes of 
each and every resident of the state 
through the press and by silently 
transferred rumor evfer since the 
Volstead law went into effect, yet the 
Greggolelt -Blackbird conviction and 
sentence was the first on record in 
all the history of the "Bootleg Trail" 
that the participants in these rum- 
raiding parties were handed a long 
term on the Dannemora rock pile. 

of agreement, but any one who paya ' 
over 15 on top of Variety'a quoted 
scale la being overcharged. The ar. 
gument la usually made by the boot> J 
legger that the quoted iKicea ara 1 
for cut s^ff while hia la "the real' j 
stuff," etc., the cuatomary selling ar> H 
gument, but It is without effect, a« j 
the beat Scotch in New York tor 1 
montha haa been some Black anA 
White, aelling at 147.50, delivered la 
New York city. 

With the Blacky and White, how. | 
ever, to be assured of its genuina« 
nesa the Black and White must ba ' 
printed in red letters across tha 
black and white printed label, other. -;;] 
wise the brand is no better than any 
other selling. ^ 

Black and White is now the moat 
popular Scotch in England. 

Capt. John A. Warner of the New^i 
York State Troopers was appointed T 
superintendent of the State Police by 
Gov. AI Smith when Major Chandler 


With the co-operation of the co- i 
operation of the police reseriee ot^i 
the West 47lh Street station, Cua II 
Van and .loe Schenck gathered up 1 
400 poor kids of the district Thanks- -i 
giving Day and sat them down to S 
a turkey dinner In their "Sil. er,; 
Slipper." The youngsters, made up 1 
in holiday niauquerade, were in . 
strange contrast with the beautiful •! 
decorations of the. place, but thl«.l 
did not dim their enjoyment or dii 
their appetites. 


Summonses were left at the I, 
Moulin Rouge and Pre-Catalan. New i 
York, in both of which places pro- ' 
hlbltlon sleuths said they witnessed' 
violation of the Volstead law. Both ''\, 
Federal agents and police were ac« £ 
tlve last Saturday night in the the-' 
atre district. 

Gus Schultc is reported to hava 
taken over the Little Club In Weal" 
44th street, other negotiations hav-^ 
Ing failed of conclusion. 

A check-up by ofTlclals of all 
whiskey in bond throughout the 
country Is said to have reve-.led that 
about 75 per cent of the tupposedly 
liquor In barrels is water Instead. 
No one has traced how the trans'^ 
position occurred. 

■The Arthur Grill, under the man- 
agement of Louie Jackson, is to 
open at Broadway and 61st street 
Friday. The Arthur will bo a din-., 
Ing place, without music or dancing;'^ 


Bootleggers are growing disgusted, 
according to stories around. They 
say there isn't enough money in 
handling illicit liquor any more. The 
business, according to the leggers, is 
becoming too concentrated and the 
buyers too v.lse. The margin of 
profit. If you believe the rum run- 
ners, has grown so narrow that if 
they get pincbed once for transiiort- 
ing booze the profits of previous 
trips for some time Is dissipated in 
extricating them from the Jam. Some 
liquor aalesmed are handling their 
business on orders only, taking the 
verbal order and placing It w ith the 
dealer, the latter assuming all of the 
risk and paying a commission only 
to the salesman. 

Decision was reserved in Gaillar4t: 
T. «34l) Boag's suit for an account- j 
ing and the api>ointment of a re> i 
celver of the cabaret Interests he la ; 
associated In with Jamea N. Thomp- 
aon and Paul Salvin. The latter 
two are named defendanta. . .j 

Boag applied in the Brooklym---^ 
(N. Y.) Supreme Court before 
Justice Lazansky for a preliminary 
injunction to restrain his partners 
operating the supper cluba and rea-> 
tauranta popularly defined aa tiw 
Salvin atring. These Include the 
Palais Royal, Montmartre, Cluk 
Royal, Little Club, Moulin Rouge 
and the Pavilion Royale on tha 
Merrick road at Valley Stream, 
L. I., all in New York. « 

Boag's grievance Is that Thomp» | 
son and Salvin denied him acceae 
to the book* of the corporation and 
also refused to have him actively 
participate in the general manage' 
ment of their common interests, al* 
though he was an interested partner* 

Counsel for the defense generally 
denied Boag's allegations. 


New night places are epringlnC' 
up all over the central district of 
New York. Two night clubs Intend 
opening on the same block in tha 
nfties within the next week. Be- 
tween the nUht clubs and the 
speak-easles ifle avenue places suf-',:^ 
fer. Prom accounts there is only 
one Broadway cabaret doing any 
business of consequence. 

Individual liquor buyers around 
Times Square say Ibey cannot get 
the prices Variety gave I.-ist week 
as tlie current market quotaiirtns. 
The prices published in Variety were 
the figures between de.ilcrs. Those 
buyers who hold out for the market 
prices. As a matter of fact, liquor 
is purchasable often on Long Island 
under the prices quoted. 

In other Instances of single case 
buying the price may be a matter 

Maria J. Haas, daughter of Edwin 
Leroy Rice, vaudeville producer and 
tjpeatrical newspaper man, and 
grand-daughter of the late Billy 
Rice, famous minstrel, was burned 
to death at her home in Brooklyn, 
N. Y.. Nov. 17. She was 22 years 
old and a non-profos.sionab 

The accident occurred while Mrs. 
Haas was telephoning to her father, 
her waist catching fire from an oil 
stove. Edwin Leroy Rice knew 
nothing of the accident as the Are 
started just as his daughter waa 
lilacing the phone receiver on the 
hook, having finished the conversa- 
tion with him. 

Kice arrived at bis daughter^- 
home n halt hour after the phona 
conversation only to earn hia 
daughter had been removed to tha 
Wyckoff Heights Hospital, where 
she died six hours later. Her hua- 
band and one child survive. 

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Thursday, December 6, 1123 

All matter in 


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Thaatra Bldg- 

Nazimova headlined at the Palace 
this week In "That Sort." promised 
in advance as "intense and darlnfr," 
and which fuinils it without shock- 
tngr. It is satisfactory for this heail- 
llner without having any particular 
vaudeville value ir; itself. 

The next big hit fell to Duci Do 
Kerekjarto. violin virtuoso, his sec- 
ond Orpheum tour. The enthuMiiism 
for his efforts marks a retord tor a 
straight violin act, which would 
naturally be supposed to fit into 
concert better thiin vaudeville. 

The lauRhiiig hit fell to the Avon 
Comedy Four. Anderson aiul Hurt 
also scored on lauifhs. 

There are only eight acts r\Ka:ii 
this week, but the show runs plenty 
longr, with Nanimova doing 39 min- 
utes, Duci De Kerekjarto, 27 min- 
utes, and the Avon Comedy Four, ::6 

It is a bill strong on novelty, with 
Bo danclne until the sixth number, 
and no sinKlng outside of the vocjil 
work of the midget with William 

The Barr Twins close the show 
with an Important feminine contnb- 

If(ck»y Brothers, spotted sixth. 
did very well, and although their 
comedy would be expected to detract 
a little from the Avon Comedy Four. 
placed aeventh, this did not prove 
the case. 

Cook, Mortimer and Harvey 
proved one of the best opening aci.^ 
at the Palace this season throush 
iU novelty. William Ebs with his 
ventriloquial deception, in second 
place, kept the show going at the 
aame speed. Anderson and Hurt 
followed, then the Duel Dc Kerek- 
jarto offering, with Maurice Kisner 
at the piano, and then, fifth, came 
the headllner. Four of the eiRht 
acts have comedy, one hjjs accom- 
plishment of a aensatii^al order, 
compelling applause appreciation. 
and the other acts register strongiv 
through artistic touches, making, in 
all, Ideal vaudeville. 

does, despite the State-L<ake has had 
its full ahare of Jazz bands. Yip, 
Yip, Yaphankers, which, It seems, 
cannot come too often, registered 
strongly, and a similarity in the 
comedy of this act. 

Clyde Cook (New Acts) and Rome 
and Gault H6t not detract from the 
enjoyment. Fink's Mules oi>ened 
and Frank Dobson did nicely second. 

The Majestic show for this week 
Is spilendid entertainment when the 
policy of the house and the admis- 
sion price are considered. There are 
only a couple of the 10 acts whjch 
are ordinary, Merlan's Dogs opened 

that Hiss Fredrick does not sing Is 
not noticed. 

The J. Francis Haney revue, with 
Helen Stewart, Joe Carfon. Mack 
CuriT. Mannie Rose and J. Francis 
Haney. is Ideal of the kind for me- time. 

Klsle Clark, an Okeh phonograph 
artist, with Nelson Story at piano 
(and doing a solo number while Miss 
Clark made a change of costume) 
proved a strong next-to-closlng fea- 
ture. Miss Clark's songs are mostly 
familiar, but she puts them over 

Herberta Besson. In an aerial 
dancing display, closed the show and 


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With the exception of "Echoes of 
Danceland." Leo Singer's ottering, 
and the fact that Pam and Peggy 
Garvin offered a single dance in 
connedtlon with Raymond Pagan's 
orchestra, the drat show Sunday at 
the State-Lake was made up en- 
tirely of male artists, due to the 
Tip, Yip. Yaphankers and Pagans 
orchestra being the features. The 
acts not on at this show were 
George Lyons and Ethel MacDun- 
ough, so the hill in its entirety lias 
another member of the fair sex. 

The first two .tots and the toiirih. 
fifth and sixth, were made up en- 
tirely of males and Pagan's orrhes- 
tra. closing practically so. Every 
act was Well i-rceived. 

Pagan's orchestra, with some 
changes in the program sinop I 
seen In Chicago, notably a 'Wool- 
worth five anU ten' rendition of 
Bananas." wi'h harmonicas inid 
novelty In.atrnments by si.x of the 
' Fagan organiz.vtion, held tlie crowd 
better than the closing act generally 

"EU," the Jeweler 


Special Discount to Performers 
State-Lake Theatre Bldg., 
' Ground Floor 

the first show Sunday with canine 
pantomime, nicely presented. A dog 
doing stunts on triple bars la the big 

Chester and nitner. two of the 
boys formrly in the Ja Da Trio, have 
an act much imiiroved since seen at 
the Plaza. Their routine Is as yet 
disconnected. Holmes and Holllston 
offer a comedy sketch with a song at 
finish which gets laughs. Harry 
Hayden and Co., which Includes 
Klmer Hynes, Leia Bliss and Agnes 
Sanford, offer "The Love Game," a 
dainty comedl^ skit, which is highly 

Hen Marks, assisted by Ethel 
Pick, does rope spinning, hat jug- 
gling as well as singing and talking. 
He is a diminutive comedian a little 
on the nut order, with lots of per- 
sonality. Miss Pick is strong on 
appearance and displays a nice sing- 
ing voice. Deslys Sisters and Co. 
present a revue called "Youth, 
Beauty and Talent," which ia Just 

Sweeney and Walter offer low 
comedy, which goes very big until 
the finish, which is a little weak. 
Toyama and Co. carry a beautiful 
set and present acrobatics and bar- 
rel juggling in a line way. 

Frank and Clara La Tour, open- 
ing the scconil sliow. scored. Del- 
hi Idge and Grcmmer, on second, ex- 
hibit good voice.'i. and the man's 
stories are liked. 

At t'lo Chateau .Siindjy waa an- 
other I'.mtages show, j, well-bal- 
anced prugrani. 

The Melford Trio opened with 
ri.sloy and other acrobatics neatly 
lireserited. with the artists dressed 
as clowns in white face. 

Howard and Norwood, in singing 
and t.alking, scored particularly well 
for second position. This Howard 
resembles Willie very much, both in 
make-up and style of work. 

Howard Langford and Ina Fred- 
rick in "Shopping" did a singing 
and dancing skit In iull stage which 
takes on the nature of a more pre- 
tentious turn than it really it, clev- 
erly conceived and exccuteti, and 

surprised the audience when remov- 
ing a wig at the conclusion. Beeson 
makes a ftne-api>earing girl and ac- 
complishes some remarkable tricks. 

performances. The piece and ca«t 
were wonderfully received here by 
press and patrons and the result 
was around $36,000 for the engage- 
ment, which did not quite equal 
that of "Llghtnin'," last season, at 
the same prices, )2.50 top. 

"Greenwich Village Follies." open- 
ing ati»the Shubert Sunday, l« the 
first muaical of the season to charge 
(3 top. No Wednesday matinee. 
The papers Sunday razzed the 
judgment o( the management in 
setting the admission at the three- 
dollar mark, and also called atten- 
tion to the fact that Ula Sharon, 
principal dancer, and a local girl, 
who had been featurixl in the ad- 
vertising, would noe>.appear on ac- 
count of an injured ankle. After 
the (Haappointing experience of 
"Spice" here a couple of weeks ago, 
when the press "went after It." 
there is considerable speculation as 
to the result, financially, of the 
"Follies" date. ' 

The Shubert-MlHsourl closed again 
this week for the second time in a 
month. The house tried stock for 
an unsuccessful five weeks, was 
dark a week and t*ien opened with 
"Scaramouche" for three weeks. Like 
the stock thing, the picture policy 
was "out," the fontured film not 
even making a ripple on the sur- 
face, but proved just exactly what 
those experienced in Kansas City 
amusements predicted. The house 
will remain dark indefinitely. 

Some of the advertising for the 
"Greenwich .Village *\)Illf«" at the 
Shubert next week contains the 
name of Karyl Norman, the "Creole 
Fashion I'latc." but he Is on the bill 
at the Orpheum instead. 

The Plaza,' operated by A. Gol- 
son. does good bu.»ine3S almost all 
the time. He books his shows cheap- 
ly, but carefully. 

- The show hast Friday vl^ht was 
up to the standard, and business 
very big. Hoy. and I'"ranels opened 
with an act which amounts to little 
until the female Impersonators re- 
move their wigs and then it takes 
on a value. Oliver and Lee pre- 
sented .1 regulation singing and 
talking act with a -boob comedian, 
.assisted by an attractive girl. Bob 
Mills, planolog. consisting mostly of 
comedy numbers. His one hand rag 
number on the piano is particularly 
good, especially as he only has one 
arm, though he attempts to conceal 

Anderson and Golnes, colored 
comedians, scored a hit. Dave's 
Serenaders. a Hawaiian act. did not 
show up as well as when at Ma- 
jestic a short time agO. One Italian, 
among these Hawallans. sings an 
operatic number, 

As It is at present it la merely 
suited for the smaller time houses. 


R. Westcott King Studio 


2215 Van Buren Street, CHICAGO Phone West 1130 




Billy Jackson, vaudeville agent, is 
a, member of the local Koyal Order 
of Jesters, a club of Masonic 
Sliriners. So when an heir to the 
Jackson fortune arrived several 
weeks ago Jackson decided that he 
would have a most au.Hpicious 
christening for the youth at the Bel- 
den hotel. To this hostelry some 400 
guests were invited to the 
Masonic group welcome the first 
junior memlier of their order. The 
Jesters gave Baby Jackson a $100 
bond bearing SVi per cent. Interest, 
with the child receiving the prin- 
cipal and .accumulative interest 
when 21. It was announced that 
each ye<w the Jesters will give a 
dinner In honor of Its first Junior 

George Whiting and Sadie Burt, 
on the bill at the Malnstreet com- 
mencing Sunday, jumped here from 
Los Angeles to n;i the date. This 
is getting to be a common jump for 
artists>playing the Orpheum time, 
either here to the coaat or the re- 

Marion Murray and Co., on the 
Malnstreefs bill this week, were 
compelled to leave Wednesdav on 
account of Miss Murray's motHer's 
Illness, In New York. Vteser and 
Co. replaced. 

a couple 

The "Post," which for 
of years has featured "Ace's" cbl 
umn, "Lobbying," has added an- 
other theatrical department. It Is 
called "The Pres.i Argent" and is de- 
voted to anecdiotee regarding pro- 
fessionals appearing in the city. 

The pastime of "putting it over" 
on the theatrical -box-ofnces con- 
tinues. For a while the treasurers 
were up again«t a hold-up game 
wlUch netted several thousand dol- 
lars to the bandits. The latest 
wrinkle is counterfeit $20 bills which 


Sydney Weissman. who recently 
tendered his resignation as westerit- 
booking manager of the Loew 
vaudeville circuit, was guest of 
honor .at a luncheon tendere<l him 
1:/ the independent agents at the 
rose room. Hotel Sherman, l.\8t 
week. The affair was a. surprise, 
and IVelssman expressed himself 
.accordingly In a, speech. Johnny 
Jones, son of Aaron Jones, who suc- 
ceeded as Loew booker, 
offlciatcd as toastmaster. 



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.SIH'IllOltT — "Greenwich Village 

AUDITOUIU.M— "Gertie's Garter," 
Hawkin.s-nall stock. 

GAYETY — "Breezy Times," 

ORPHETIM— Vaudeville. 

MAI N.^TREET— Vaudeville. 

l'.\ NT AGES— Vaudeville. 


(■ .OI!E— Vaudi'vllle. 
XNWMAN' — "l''lamins 

g Youth," 

LIUKISTV — "Her Reputation," 

KOYAL— "Little Old New York," 
liietiire (.'>eoond weekl. 

Nine inches of hea vy, wet snow 
winch fill Thank.s-givlng day kept 
the amusement hou.^es from rcjiis- 
terhig caiiaclty at most of the per- 
fornMnees, allhou^'h l)uslnes.s was 
far from as bad «■< the weather. 
The week proved satisfactory 
all around, with the exiejition of the 
picture, where the returns 
were off the first part of the week. 
.At the Shubert "Blo.ssom Time." 
seiond weel<. repeated Its fir.^t 
week's sucoess and capacity busi- 
ness was the report for practically 
all shows, with extra chairs nnd 
even turnaways for aoaxe o£ the 



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appeared In the caah bozea till 
week. The "Queer" monejr waa re 

ported from the Shubert, Newmaa 
and other houoea. The billa wer< 
raised, in a clever manner, fcom $| 
bills to $208. The government aecral 
sertlce operators are working 
the case. 


Irvfcig Newhoff and Dode Phelf 
featured at the Mainstreel, are t>ol 
real Kansas Cityans, having 
raised here, and in addition ar 
making a buslnesa of aecurii 
valuable real estate along Kani 
Olty boulevards. 

Lonora Phemister, a 10-year-ol 
amateur dancer, fell from a stagt 
balcony at the Grand Monday even 
Ing and received a fractured skull 
The little onto wa« waiting to apf>eai 
in "A Night Out," which was heln 
given by a Catholic church societ; 

Frank Hawkins, manager of th> 
Hawkins-Ball stock, at the Atnll> 
torlum, is rejoicing over the auccea 
made by Roke Caplan in "The 
Meanest Man in the World." Mia* 
Caplan created a favorable imprea- 
sion when she appeared In seven 
of the Kansas City Theatre's pret 
entatlons, and Manager Hawkiiii 
declare* ahe is a "find." 

Articles of Incorporation haw 
l>een filed with the secretary of state^ 
by the Lincoln Theatre Amusement 
company o( Kansas City. The In 
corporators are Morris G. Kpstein 
Reuben Flnkelsteln a_nd Leonard 
ITlmann. The capitaf stock is 



There isn't any bunk in the prea 
agents' announcements of "Th 
Covered Wagon" this time. Th 
houses have been substantlalll 
packed since Its opening at tb 
Montauk. It looks as though, it 
six weeks' run is justified. 

Thurston drew a remarkably ful 
house to the M.ajestic Monday. 

"The Jnret Warning" is at Teller' 

"The B;it" is on its third and lad 
week at the Shubert-Crescent aft« 
which it will hit the big cities 
$1.50 top. Judging from buslm 
at this house which Is never vi 
encoui;aging. the show ought to 
for one week stands. The ci 
however, is none loo good. 

The Agonist Benevolent Aasocia-I 
tlon held Its annual theatre parly| 
at the Bushwick Monday. 


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The new Shabert show, "Topics 
of 1923,' la which the famous 
French actress. Alice Delyata, Is 
•t«rred, had Hs premier perform- 
ance In Atlantic CHy recently. 
The Parisian success, "Nlghu In 
the Woods", Is used durlnc the 
pantomime sketch featarln'K Nat 
Nauarro In a scene entitled "On 
The Boulevard." 


Th« tolIowln« telegram wa« re- 
cently received by Sam IiVix, miMlc 
publisher, from the march king: 


W» Uke H the flat Is musical 
and the singing referred to will 
^ at all concerts during Sousa's 
present trans-continental tour. 

The mssle of the sonc Is by 
Leon Berger, Viennese composer, 
and the lyrics by Archie Bell, 
noted dramatic critic. 

HM-e la the chorus of "Jost One 
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part, to soothe a loving, aching 
heart. For all the world Is still 
arieep as you and I our secret 
keep. Just one more smile ere I 
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paradise. Just one more kiss, 
just one more kiss." 

We can't resl«t the temptation 
to say that makes two kisses. 


Several big acts are scouring 
the country for live monkeys to 
use in their rendition of "Hurdy 
.Gurdy Blues," the new Sam Fox 
novelty song. The popularity of 
this song is likely to cause a 
shortage of monkeys. 


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The new Mary Pickford plctare, 
"Roelta", had Its premier recent- 
ly at New York CKy's Capitol 
Theatre, the world's largest pho- 
toplay house. The prologue to 
thill feature film was the presen- 
tation of a beautiful new Spanish 
love song. "Roelta", arranged by 
S. L. Rothflfel, wboee genlns for 
unusual and elaborate produc- 
tions of this nature has brought 
him International fame. , 

The prologue was treated whh 
an appropriate setting, the scene 
portraying the public square of a 
Spanish city in the days of the 
Spanish cavaliers, with the typ- 
ical Morrocan castles in the back- 
ground. As the curtains part, 
Miss Doris Niles, attired In the 
costume of « Spanish dancer and 
with a guitar ulung across her 
shoulder, is the center of attrac- 
tion, while the Capitol Ensemble, 
representing her Spanish admlr- 
OFR, gaily and spiritedly sing 
"Itoaita". This Is followed by a 
SpaniBh dance accompanied by 
the tango version of "Roslfa". 

It was proclaimed one of the 
DioPt beautiful prologues ever 


Announcement la made that the 
itelebrarted "Kolies Bergere" show 
from Paris, which bas amused 
Americans of tbW and other gen- 
»>rafion9, will be brought to this 
■ ountry during the prenenl sea- 
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I have been doing in my act for the past 20 months a dialogue piece of business giving my Impression of an: 
amateur boy singing a song at an amateur performance, in which I have worked in comedy pantomime 
situations. Miss Fannie Brice, one of the cast, with other members of the "Follies," are doing the amateur 
imitation. Miss Brice witnessed my performance on the coast. Whether Miss JBrice gave Mr. Ziegfeld 
the idea I cannot say. I wish to inform all managers and producers that the piece of business referred to 
has been done by me for 20 months and the new edition of the "Follies!' is only seven weeks old. 



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The music publishing rights to the 
rcore of "Blossom Time," which the 
Shuberts produced over here. Is in 
litigation, with Edward B. Marks 
suing Leo Feist, Inc., publishers of 
"Blossom Time"; Karczag Publish- 
ing Co., the Continental music house 
from which Feist acquired the 
American rights, And Dorothy Don- 
nelly and Slgmund Romberg, libret- 
tist and co-compOser of the show. 
"Blossom Time" has for a central 
theme the lite of the great com- 
poser, Franz Schubert, and Intro- 
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tor local appeal. 

Marks' allegation Is that he held 
the publishing rights before Karc- 
zag and Feist through assignment 
from Herzmansky of Berlin. Ger- 
many. Feist moved for Judgment 
on the pleadings to dismiss the 
Marks complaint because of the al- 
legation it does not set forth a suf- 
ficient cause for action, which New 
York Supreme Court Justice O'Mal- 
ley yesterday decided as follows: 
"Motion is denied, with JIO costs. 
Under his common law copyright 
the plaintirr at least had the right 
of flrst publication. The right of 

the defendants and all others to 
publish thereafter li Important only 
as It bears upon tho' question of the 
plaintifTs damages. "The complaint, 
It seems to me, states a. cause of 

• Roth & Altman represent Marks, 
and Gilbert & Gilbert the defend- 
ants. The latter may appeal from 
this decision. 



257 West 72nd Street 

Ballot — Acrobatic — Interpretive 


Albany, N. Y., Nov. 28. 

Perk West Theatre Co., Inc., New 
York CHy; motion pictures; J15.000; 
F. E. Rltsos, O, J. Chryssikos, Mor- 
ris Schwann. (Attorney, O. J. 
Chrysstkoa, 63 Park Row.) 

Jefford Amusement Corp., Bronx, 
New York City; theatres, motion 
pictures; |10,000; J. J. Hayden, J. 
A Carroll, J. O. Spallone. (Attor- 
ney, C. B. McLaughlin, 258 Broad- 
way.) ' 

Hanlon Silhouttet Film, Inc., New 
York; $20,000; George W. Hanlon, 
M. G. Blankenberg, Pauline Blank- 
enburg. (Attorneys, S. V. & O. P. 
Helmberger, 727 Seventh avenue.) 

American Theatres Corp., 7941-47 
South Halsted street, Chicago; 

Loop Theatre Bldg. Corp., R. 1615, 
11 South La Salle street, ChicffKo; 

American Ad Photo Scope, 2010 
Milwaukee avenue, Chicago; |50,- 
000; film machines. 



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drew 114,700 at the Henry Miller; 
"Spring Cleaning" went to better 
than $14,000 at the Eltinge, and 
"The Dancers" topped that mark at 
the Ambas.sador, though none of the 
latter trio played an extra matinee. 
Among the new shows last week's 
entry list displayed several run pos- 
sibilities. "One Kiss," the fourth 
current Dillingham show on Broad- 
way, started off at a $19,000 pace, 
with holiday scales aiding four or 
five of the eight performances. "In 
the Next Room," at the Vanderbllt, 
hit $10,000 Its initial week, and the 
same m.irk waa^ attained by "Meet 
the Wife" at the Klaw. Both shows 
have a call In the agencies as well. 

"Clown" Starts Well 
"Laugh, Clown, Laugh" started in 
the middle of the week and la flg- 
ured for a run. "Sancho Panza" Is 
credited with over $14,000 at the 
Hud.<!on, which gives the Skinner 
attraction good rating, though it pull big business to be profit- 
able. "Time," at the 39th Street, 
got good notice."!, but business was 
oft for a starter. It wa.s claimed 
early this week, however, that there 
was plenty of activity at the box 
offlce, and business moved upw.ird 
while other attractions were drop- 

The entrants of two weeks ago 
were not promising, and none has 
landed real business. 'Topics of 
1923" is the most likely, at the 
Broadhurst. Last week, however, a 
drop was noted, the »h«»w being 
quoted at $18,000, whereas it Is un- 
derstood a gross of $21,000 is neces- 
sary for an even break. The return 
of the Moscow Art Theatre has 
pulled but fair business, but the 
man.ngemciit Is claiming a proflf. 

"Robert K. Lee" was added to the 
quirk failures and was sent to the 
storehouse last Saturday from tlii' 
Ritz. Th.i{ h<)U«c is dark this week 

but will get the only premiere card- 
ed for the coming week, "The Busi- 
ness Widow," with Leo Dltrichstein 
and Lola Fisher. Five houses are 
dark this week, as expected, but 
one relights Saturday, when "The 
Potters" takes to the Plymouth. 

The New Ones 

This week's premieres are re- 
garded under the average, yet A. H. 
Woods' "The I.ndy" drew a good set 
of notices on Its debut at the Em- 
pire. .Jane Cowl In "Pelleas and 
Melisande" Is hardly counted on for 
more than a brief presentation. 
"The 'Talking Parrot" at the Frazee 
won the woist panning of the sea- 
son and is due to stop Saturday. 

Jane Cowl at the Shubert, New- 
ark, topped the subway circuit with 
a gross of $13,0Jff; "Caroline" at the 
M.TJe.stic, Brooklyn, got about $11,- 
500; "The Last Warning" at the 
Rlverla grossed nearly $11,^0; "Give 
and Take"<at the Broad Street, New- 
ark, did $I0..';00; "Whispering 
Wires" at the Bronx Opera 'House 
drew $7,700. 

"Blue" Monday for Specs 

Laet Monday was a. "shiarger" 
for the advance priced ticket 
brokers. Po.aslljly the decision of 
the courts on the theatre ticket 
broker law, combined with a natural 
depression after Thanksgiving, may 
have been the reason. Seemingly 
Ijoth the legitimate brokers as well 
Ofl the gyps were hit by the public 
laying off in buying. For the flrst 
lln»e this sea-on there was a dump 
of "Music Box Revue" seats into 
the cut rates from the agencies; ai 
the same time "Topics of 1923" and 
"One Kiss" were aI.«o dumped. 

Incidentally, the cut rate list was 
cut all to pieces through closings 
last week. The list dropped to 15 
attraetlono, while In the brokers 
there were 22 .^hows listed as out- 
right buys. 

A peculiar phase of the switches 
last week is th» fact that "Sun I'p," 
which moved to Broadway from the 
Lenox Hill, a buy of about 200 
seats a night. This show has been 
In the cut rates all the time that It 
was playing at the outlying house« 
and only through the cut rates did it 
manage to live in the hidden spots. 
Now when It comes to Broadway 
after mopths it gets a buy from 
the regular brokers and the cut 
rates aj-e cut out. 

The complete list of buys 
Include "Poppy," Apollo; "Laugh, 
Clown Laugh," Belasco; "Seventh 
Heaven," Booth; "Topics o" 1023," 
Broadhurst; "Rain," Elliott; "Spring 
Cleaning." Eltinge; "For All of Us." 
4»th Street; "One Kiss," Fulton; 
"Aren't We All." Gaiety; "Stepping 
Stones," Globe; "The Nervous 
Wreck," Harris; "Sancho Panza," 
Hudson; "lyullaby." Knickerbocker; 
"The .Magic Ring," Liberty; "Little 
Miss Bluebeard," Lyceum; "The 
Chiingllngs," Miller: "Munlc B(« 
Revue," Musii> Box; "Follies," New 
Amsterdam; "Sun Up," Princess;. 
"Artists and Models" Shubert; "In 
tho Next Ronm." Vanderbllt. and 
"Greenwich Village Follies," Winter 

In the cut rales the 15 attractions 
listed were 'The Whole Town's 
Talking," liljim; 'Topics of 102.1. " 
Broadhurst; "Vanities of 1923. ' 
Carroll; "Hunnln' Wild." Coliminl; 
"Sharlee." D.ilys; "Queen Victoria." 
4Sth St.; "White CniKo," Greenwich 
Village; "IJttle .lerse .Tames." 
I«on^:.icre; ".Scuiiniouche, ' Morosco; 

"The Shame 'Woman," National: 
"Chains," Playhouse; "Go West 
YoasK Man," Vunch and Judy; 
"Time." 39th St., and "Greenwich 

Villuge Follies." "'"ntcr Garden. 

A verdict agai,:. , .Mischa Blman, 
violinist, was rendered by Jury In 
Dallas for the plaintiff, Vf. A. Mc< 
Daniel, who asked damasea for faIN 
ure to fill a concert contract h>re. 
The Jury rendered its verdict on one 
special issue and awarded McDaniel 
$4,000, which would have been paid 
Elman as his fee. McDaniel altered 
in his petition that the sale of aeata 
for the concert, Feb. 27, 1920, would 
have amounted to one- third of the 
fair park coliseum capacity had the 
concert been given. Eiman'a attor> 
neys alleged that the reason Elman 
did not play Dallas was becauae a 
number of Texas cities canceled hla 
engagements and that he could not 
make a special trip to Dallaa to play 
one concert. 






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ATLANTA — All week, "Covered 
Wagon," film. 

LYRIC — "Icebound," stock. 

HOWARU— "Light That Failed," 


RIALTO— "The Printera Devil." 

Rankin MansfleM, of the Forsyth 
Players, coached the principals In a 
one-act playlet, 'XJhauHe's Aunt." 
that te being presented this week 
by members o( tho Bmory UnJver- 
•Ity Olce and Mandolin club on a 
tour that embraces stops In five 
southern states. 

second performance and proceed to 
blah" the acts. 

That Is true as far as It goes in 
the opinion of this reporter, for at 
the second .show Monday there was 
a decided shortage of laughs. But, 
fortunately, even repetition can't 
take the edge off .oongs and thrills, 
and as the bill this week Is made up 
mostly of those two things the gen- 
eral effect la good. 

Gilbert Haskell, Inanager of 
"Caroline." is out of the hospital 
after an operation. He Is figuring 
on staying with relatives In the city 
this week, getting to New York next 
week to again take up his duties. 

In "Icebound." the PuUtser prize 
play offered this week by the For- 
■yth Players, Boots Wooater, tlie 
leading woman, has a role In a play 
which Is offer»'<l for the first time 
In the south. The stock company is 
now in Its 90th week, establishing a 
new high record for Bustalnrnl per- 
formances In this pari of the 
country. % 



They claim the bunch that catch 
the second show Monday at I.opw's 
Orpheum are tough bird.s. Thoy 
nay tliey got into the house in time 
for the first show, which goes on 
about 11, and then remain tor the 

The Shubert houses here are 
working with the Boston "Ameri- 
can" on the Christmas Basket f'Vnd. 
The fund got a 10 per cent, cut on 
the gross tor "The Lady ip Ermine," 
which opened at the Wilbur Monday 

Henry Jewett, head of the Henry 
Jewett PIa>erM at the Copley, ap- 
peared in person for the first time 
in three seasons at the house 
Wednesday in a special perform- 
ance of "Othello, " with Jewett play- 
ing the title role. The performance 
was uniler the au.spices of the 
Francis Jewett Repertory Club. 

Wagnerian Opera COmpa,ny. 


The People's Chorus of .100 voices 
will give the anni^l ftfo.scnir.tlon of 
"The Me-;slah" iif^aa;c T.ihernacle 
the evening* of Dec.' 19. . JIi-s. K. C. 
Rumplor Is president of tlvc chorus 

Christnmore .Md Societv has the 
firat niRht Of "Wildlire" at the 
Murat Dec. 10 for a benefit per- 
formance. It will be a society event, 
with lobby dancln.5 between acts 
and a number of specialties. 

pictures al5K3 for the current week, 
showing her In "Tiger Rose." 

Men who recently took over the 
Ohio photoplay theatre have incor- 
porate<l aa the Ohio Theatre Co. 
with $60,000 capital. Directors arc 
Jean Marks, Martin M. Ilugg, 
Charles M. Olson and Howard W. 

Duse will do "Spettrl" on the aft-^ 
ernoon of Dec. 20 at Poll's. Long 
before even the mall order se.its 
went on sa:* a good half of the house 
had been applied for. Np special 
publicity Is being put across other 
than the early carrying of the usu^I 
stuff in the dailies. It beln^. deemed 

The other picture houses are 
showing William S. Hart In "Wild 
Bill Hlckok" at Loew's Pailace; 
.Tackle Coogan In "Long Live the 
King" at Columbia, secopd week; 
Charles Ray in 'Tha Courtship of 
Miles Stand ioh" holding over at the 
President, with scale dropped from 
$1.50 to $1. and "The Common Law" 
at the Metropolitan. 

hi^ootlight / 


.^In^rlc;l■B Mastpr Makfr of 
Theiilrical KontWf-ar to many 
woll-known StaKC 01cbrlti<*H. 
Ik rr,na.illilnlliiK hiB 1:9 W. 
10th St. Hhop with hia nrw 
t^^tfn! shop for Btrrpt. <*v,'- 
niiiir. thciitrlral anil Vuillet 
fu..lwear, iiuw located .at 

1 1034 Itroadnay, at SOtli M. 
WIntar Gardea Builitinf 

At the Colonial Tuesday afternoon 
an entertainment for a fund to pro- 
vide Christmas comforts for the dis- 
abled veterans of the World War 
was held. (Icorgo M. Cohan and 
Individuals and acts from every 
show playing the city were on hand 
for the affair and participated. 

John liarrymore will appetir ;it the 
Ro«lon opor.i house week 
in ■Hamlet" at $3 top. 


EA.STMAN— J-4, film; S-7, San 
Ctrlo Opera Co. 

LYCEUM— "Little Nellie Kelly." 
FAY'S — Oriental Phant.isies, Mr. 
.ind Mrs. Emmott. Mooro and Mc- 
Kenna, Golden Horse, Andy and 
Louise R.arlow; Craddoc and Shad- 
ney, "Bright Lights of B.oadway" 

FAMILY— "Flashes of 1923." Zeno 
and Teddy, Criterion Four, Shelby 
Brothers, Jack O'Neil, Russell and 
Titus, "Love, Honor and Pehavo" 

Picture.s — "Little OiA New tnrk," 
Piccadiiy; "Strangers of the Night," 
Regent; "Loyal Lives," Rialto. 

J'acRle Coogan Is reported a.s being 
the child selected to present a peti- 
tion to Congress In connection with 
the national child labor law. 

Harold Phillips of the Washington 
"Times" has been at home 111 for the 
past two weeks. His ansignment aa 
critic has been handled by Earle 
Dorsey of the "Herald," who has Just 
got back on the Job after a siege of 
it himself. 

Leonard Hall of the "News" visited 
New York and caught three shows 
In two days. 

aggregation accompanied President 
Harding on his Panama trip and 
waa the Princes of Wa1e«' personal 
orchestra on his recent American 

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K.\(.iLUSir.S— ".Shuffle Alon»." 
CAPITOL — 'Bathing Beauliis." 
Mt'HAT- -Little Theatre presenta- 
tion of "The Wren," Wednesday. 

Bruce B.alnsfather and Tcrke's 
OivhMtr.a .stayed at the Temple over 
.Sund.ay for the .Tfternooii and even- 
ing concert-'^. Sunday shows wore 
ln.auRur.ated this season undi r Keith 

The 'Irat production by the oper- 
atio department of the Ka.siman 
School was the third act from "Rig- 
oletto," in English, a.s part of the 
l/astninn bill lost week. It was wofll 
sung and staged. 

Gllda Leary la FStvetrsham's lead- 
ing woman for the appearances on 
the road of this particular male- star. 

A1 Jolson 
next week. 

In "Bombo" at PoH's 

Les Ballets Suedols 
Garrick next week. 

reopens the 

Meyor Davis, with an orchestra of 
30, Is the headline feature at Keith's 
for the current week. This same 


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Find him — Sherman Hotel, Cohan's Grand Opera House Building or 
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Evans Bldg,, New York Ave. 


Pictures are demanding cqii.Tl at- 
tention from the lo'-al in.Tnai^i'rfi tills 
.season in their booking. Tlif Hi-lhuuo 
for the past two weeks has been 
given over to them, revciliiiK to its 
regular po-'icy t^uriently with "A 
I/<:s.siin of Love," only to find Poll's 
dropping out of the running with a 
long-.awaitod .showing of "The Cov- 
ered Wagon," opening for an indefi- 
nite slay. 

Lenore T'IrIc pay."! a return visit 
to the National In "Kikl" Tom 
Moore. wHh his ptrttrre hrm>ie. had a 
good break in getiing this star In 



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MAJESTIC— "Loyalties." "Helen 

6t Troy, N. Y.." next. 

SHUBERT-TECK — "Sally, Irene 

lind Mary." Dark next week, 
GAYKyT— "Whin of Olrla." 
GARDEN — "Make It Peppy." 
ACADEMY— Tab and pictures. 

Business simmered down to sub- 
normal last week. WarHeld's "Mer- 
chant," figured lor capacity at the 
Majestic, fell considerably below the 
mark and failed to get anything like 
d*eervlng business. "You and I." at 
the Teck, also* proved lacking punch 
•it the box-ofBce. 


Burlesque seems to be the only 
bet for this town. The Gayety (Co- 
lumbia) is reported back to former 
high gross levels with business run- 
ning steady. The Garden continues 
to grind out Mutual shows for con- 
sistent proHt weekly. The Academy, 
a new contender, i« reported pack- 
ing them in since the reopening of 
the house a fortnight ago after a 
Iwo-year lapse. 

Further confusion In the already 
badly shuffled bookings at t\e Shu- 
■bert-Teck follows the announce- 
ment that Sothcrn and Marlowe, ad- 
vertised for Dec. 20-22, have can- 
telled their engagement. 



SHirBKRT- DETROIT — "Passing 
Show" with Howard Brothers. Next. 
"Chauve-Sourls." Dec. IB, San Carlo 
Opera Co. 

NEW DETROIT — Premiere of 
"Kid BooU" with Eddie Cantor and 
Mary Baton. Next, "ii'ollles." 

GARRICK— "Cat and Canary."' 
Two weeks. 

MAJESTIC — "Common Cluy." 

Next, "Kempy." 

W.i»p." This house has had poor 
season thus far. If the next few 
Shuljert attractions fall to Improve 
business, policy no doubt wJM be 
changed to vaudeville and pictures. 

Photoplays — "Courtship of Mll*« 
Standish," Madison; "His Children's 
Children," Adams; "Temple of 
Venus," Fox; "Little Old New York," 
second week. Broad way -Strand; 
"Fashion Row," Capitul. 

Syd Hackford has succeeded A1 
Mertz as Detroit Universal manager, 
the l.-itter going east to handle 
"Powder Klver." 

Persistent rumors anent the fu- 
ture disposition of the Garden, now 
playing Mutual burlesque, are afloat. 
The Mutual sub-lease from Frank 
Offerman, who has leased the house 
from the International Railway, the 
owners, will expire in a lew months. 
It is reported that New York the- 
atrical Interests backed by substan- 
tial capital are after the lease, al- 
though for what purpose 4t Is not 
known. Offeonan, on hl» honey- 
moon In Europe, left Paris for Rus- 
sia last week, with local representa- 
tives making efforts to get__word 
ifrom him regarding a new l«ase of 
the theatre. ^ 



Beautifuly furnished, or will 
rent unfurnished. Reasonable 
terms. Suitable for theatrical 

Playhonie Theatre Building 

137 West 48th Street 

Addm* Box »t 
Cera at Variety, Mew Toik 

Charles Ray Is appearing In per- 
son at the Madison, where his pic- 
ture Is also shown. Next week (Dec. 
») Ray appears In person at the 'Ma- 
jestic, Grand Rapids. 

H. M. Rlchey, manager for Michi- 
gan Exhibitors' Association, will 
spend the next lew weeks in New 
York on the^admlsslon tax repeal in 
co-opcratloir with the Will Huya or- 




Metropolitan Theatre BIdg., 
Suite 261, Hill St. Entrance 

of the work and added many laughs, 
outdoing his efforts In third spot, 
where, with Pam Lawrence, he se- 
cured only a mild reception. 

Theodore Kosloff and h4s Russian 
Ballet won greater applause the 
first performance of his second week 
than on his first. His supporting 
dancers are a genuine credit to their 
Instructor, altliough KoslofC'a Indi- 
vidual efforts are decidedly limited. 
The act Is a dancing "flash" and 
draws a class clientele. 

Miller and Mack, fifth, secured 
one of the come^dy hits and added 
to their efforts In the afterpiece^ 
Dotson. second, got away nicely and 
finished very strongly. The open- 
ing as.^lgnment was taken by Towa 
and d'Hortys, a mildly interesting 
Juggling turn with a smart canine. 

McGlveny, with his standard 
Dickens vehicle, held the audience 
with little difficulty. 

Monday afternoon the lower floor 
was near capacity, but the boxes 
were light. Hart. 

The Orphcum has the smoothest 
running bill In several weeks, with 
a good aesortn^ont of comedy. Trixle 
Frlganza, always a local favorite, 
closed the regular Mil with 'TWie 
Wager," an afterpiece with an 
abundance of laughs. Miss Frl- 
ganza last appeared here during the 
summer. She made great headway 
with her novelty numbers during 
her regular act. 

The afterpiece Included Miller a«d 
Mack, Dot.son, Owen McGlveny 
and Ray Hughes, and consisted of 
a travesty of McQlveny's turn, his 
sot being used. Hugiies did the bulk 

An ordinary small-time bill at 
Pantages this week with little class. 
The only flash was supplied by 
"Sarafan." ' a mildly entertaining 
troupe which closed the show. Tlie 
act Is well dressed, but not of the 
type appealing to audiences patron- 
izing houses of this grade. 

The bill ran with few ripples, 
starting with the TrcUa Trio, a 
cycHng turn featuring some new 

Harris and Holley, colored boys, 
second, created little enthuslusm 
until the finish, wtien applause 
greeted the comedy dancing. Grey 
and Byron added little weight with 
a vehicle lacking distinctive feat- 

Then the shjw slowed up even 
more noticeably v Ith Margaret 
Hessler, a concert vlollni.te, In the 
fourth spot. Taylor, Howard and 
Them, next to closing, aroused eomr 
enthusiasm, but were badly placed. 
The act Is unique an \ has comedy 
value, but Is not of late spot caliber. 


son passes. Dawson makes his win- 
ter home here. 

Marquis Ellis was a week-end vis- 
itor to San Francisco. 

Lillian Albertson may be starred 
In a production on the coast. She la 
now here^ and her husband-manager, 
Louis Macloon, is trying to get a 
date at the Mason. 



ALVIN— "Polly Preferred." 

NIXON— Dark. 

PITT— "The Bat." 

LYCEUM— "The Breaking Point" 
(2d we«k). 

EAST END— "Polly With a Past." 

GAYETY— "Silk Stocking Revue" 

ACADEMY- "London Qayety 
Girls" (burlesque). 

DAVIS— Keith vaudeville. 

IX)EW'S ALDINK— 'Our Hospi- 
tality" (film). 

GRAND— "The Wanters" (film). 
V CAMEO— "The Acquittal" (film). 

The Nixon, dark this week, has 
Lenore Ulrlc In "Klkl" underlined 
for next week. The San Carlo 
Grand Opera Co. Is next week's 
booking at the Alvln, and H. B. 
Warner In "You and 1" will be at the 

Plttsburghers are enjoying two 
Rood stock companies and some real 
shows. The Lyceum has "East Is 
West " ready for next week, and the 
East End Co. v/lU present "Way 
Down E^t." Both houses are doing 
good business. 




Est. Henry C. Miner, Inc. 


No. 155 

rrrlain lUmM ar* lilrntlflrd with aomrtlilnK aprrlflc elwnr*. 
Bahtf Ratli, for Instance; hlit name ronjureti Heme Kvnfl. Annie 
Oakin', tli«t mMiIiWrr mrans rtacntB. nBrr.vmocr, the Imr- 
mont in hlnlrionlc nri. mrtaon, «ho«r hnU, and RIIUIR MACK, 
the bent In OI.OTIIEM, not only at Broadway and 46th Street, 
bat everywhere. 

(ilanrInK at Variety'a blll>, we'll aelert s few name* at 
mnilnm. Jack Conway at itir Stale, New York; M<<inilh Ml 
nrmU at Klvera, llrookiyn, anil MaHen A Walten at I.yrie, 
Hobnken. We newln't Miy llial (hone folka are well dreB«e<l. 
You know If. You no doulit have often admired tlielr KI>I*IK 
MACK CI,OTIII':.s holh on the ittMze or at the elub. We're 
not bonaten. We're too auceaaful to be. But we'll cham 
Itiia, "If you buy one K<ldie Maefc inilt or vrereaat, well 
clolhe you alwnyn." Try u> and •««. 



166 West 46th Street 

Jutt a Step East of Broadway 

The Hlllstrert was comfortably 
filled downstairs, but exceipting for 
a lew loges the balcony was prcic- 
tlcally d«serted Monday matinee.' 
Comedy w«U! liberally distributed, 
and 'Virginia Pearson, Sheldon 
Lewis and Co., headlining with a 
crook playlet entitled "Second 
Chance" «ave the followers ol melo- 
drama several Interesting moments 
and plenty ol applause-winning 
speeches. Ml»a Pearson eulogized 
screen end stage players In a well- 
dellvered curtain speech. 

Harry Jolson, dcuclng, stopped the 
show despite the light aittendance, 
and Demareet and CoUette stopped 
It again next to closing. Jolson 
tells a few Jokes, but It is Ills fine 
singing voice and the plant with 
equally good vocal powers tTiat tie 
things up. completely. Demareet 
and Collette established themselves 
firmly with their comedy and musi- 
cal offering. Demarest's nlp-upe 
goalcd them as usual. 

Joseph K. Watson, with a lire of 
talk souiftllng newer than anything 
offered by preceding monologlatfl 
this season, had 'em laughing 
throughout. He received solid ^v 
plause at the finish. The Stahley 
Brothers opened with hand lifts In 
which the clgar-to-clgar Hft looked 
new »and gathered the mo»t ap- 
plause. Stewart Sisters and Girl 
Orchestra (New Acts). Josephs. 



Albert Langen, of Litchfield, III., 
pinno player at local movie, had his 
thumb amputated at St Francis 
Hospital. Langen caught his thumb 
In a corn shedder while helping on 
his father's farm. His Injury will 
not Incapacitate him for farm work 
but will prevent continuing his the- 
atrical work. 

F. A. Baxley, of Kansas City, press 




4 B). ear. SSfB A B'way, n. S. O. 
PnONBl rirXROT 8848 

agent for a picture concern, was 
arrested at Ofallon. 111., last ireek. 
Baxley was arrested while driving 
a machine In a reckless manner. He 
was taken before Justice of the 
Peace J. W. Asbury who lined him 
$10 on charge of reckless driving 
and fS and coat on charge of dla* 
orderly conduct. 

After being delayed by court com- 
plications lor a year, A. El. BUiott 
has started the work of building a 
theatre at center of South Bide 
Square in Ofallon. Building to ooat 
ICO.OOO. Policy vaudeville and pic- 



with Guy Bates Post. 

COLONIAlr— Frtta Fields' rawe; 

LYCEUM— -"Ship Ahoy"; alock 

PLAZA— "II ■Winter Cornea"! 

SUPERBA— 'Cameo KIrby." 

RIALTO— 'Tonjola." 

PICKWICK — ';Llttle Johnnr 

ItlNBMA— "Dulcy." • .'V 

The Broadway, which twice thU 
season has tried stock, again la darlc 
and it is expected the houie will 
Slum Invert to pictures. The aec- 
ond stock venture was made by the 
Bush Interests, owners of the the- 
atre, and lasted only a few weeks. 
The house Is at a dliiadvantage cfl 
far as stock la concerned, In thut It 
has ifinnall seating capacity and la 
Just outside the shopping center. 

With business steadily on the in- 
crease, the Lyceum, which recently 
opened as a stock burleaque house, 
h.'is started weekly chorus girls' con- 


at a rule are too near their 
own work to judge it from the 
audience angle. For a rea- 
aonable fee I will fumiih an 
expert criticiim of any act 
playing in or near New York, 
indicating ways to increaae itt 
laugh efficiency. 


1483 Broadway, New York 


Urges you to ace her line of Birthday Cards. Mils Antell, • former 
artist, for the past few years an invalid, will have for sale a handaome 
collection of Christmas and Holiday Cards. Alto Silk Hoes. Help her 
help herself. Visit her at 600 West 186th Street, New Yori? City. 

■Walter R. Heam, manager of the 
Mason, has purchased a. home In 
E^gde Rock, a suburb. 

The home of Guy Price, dram.i 
critic of the "Herald," was robbed 
la»t wee.H. .Tho roljibers were c;ip- 
tured and most of the stolen articles 

Harry Arthur, general manager of 
West Coast, Inc., has returned from 
a tour of hla company's theatres In 
the Wevt 

"Skinny" Dawson, Barnes circuit 
agent, is handing out the press sea- 


Cissy, Wally, Elsie and the Incomparable 

Zella Madcap 

"Each one an Artist," Vide Presi 

The act tliat is wurld-famed from the Coliseum, Pallaclium, 
V'icfria I'alac(!, London; Alhambra, Paris, and Palace, 

New York 

Management CISSY MADCAP 
Direction AJ.F T. WILTON 

Name Protected Through Variety and N. V. A., ^•• 
Also V. A. F.. London ' 



ThursdiJDM^ecembcr 6, 1923 





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On« Entir* Staion 


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R. N. MATA, Manager, Hotel Sherman, CHICAGO NEW YORK ADDRESS— 1476 BROADWAY 


VARIETY, addrcMi Mall CIrrfc. 

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A'Uma Ml«i V 
Akiracroiu Ullla 

B*b>o6 Jack 
Bakar Bvrlyn 
Bankoff Ivan 
Barrr Bobbr 
Banaon H 
Batta Vincent 
Bob4 Gvrtruda 
Broaaon Catherine 
Brooka Martir 
Brown Art 
Brown Ifelaa 

Cahlll Jack 
Capman Dart 
Cbatn J 
Claira Marloa 
Clara Dorothy 
Clark Marie 
Clfne 8hepar4 
Colombo Felix 
Cowan l^ynn 
Croai Mr 
Cronln Patay 
Crowley Florenca 

Delour Pamela 
Delphlne Morrl* 
Deamond Owen 
Duane S 

Barl Ruby 

■ verhardt William 

Paye & Thomaa 
Fenater Morrla 
Fitiaerald Mra Ij 
Flyna Ambroaa 
Foley Mrs Lea 
Fontaine Azalea 
Forreat Amy 
Foxcraft Eugena 

Ootdman Inland 
Grannon Da 
Green Mrs 
Cutike Mrs C . 

Rallo Miaa B 
Harria * 
Haywar*^ Ina 
Hlfslra Rua 
Holloa '\y Arthur 
Howard Jeaala 
Hub Miaa V 
Hulen !l 
Hull Howard 

^■ Moora 


Jonaa V ' n 
Joyco '-'• '''n 
Japltcr 'Urtrg* 

Keefa rhuB 
Keith r;i;«cna 
Kelly Ijouiso 

King Thomaa 

Lamont Billy 
Lamora Harry 
LaRue Bernica 
Iceland Ftorenca 
L«wla Chaa 
Uvlngatoa Mildred 
Lutt Elllabrth 

McAlplna N 
MoOovern Mathew 
McLaren Mra O 
Macue James 
Main Harry 
Major Micky 
Marion Ruby 
Moraira Mra C 

Oakaa Percy 

Pantzer Charlea 
PedUrIck Wm 
Plerca Rllren 
Potter Mlaa B 
Pow«rs Dave 
Price Ray Miaa 

Bandall nea 
Ray Roae 
Renee KIsle 
Ritchie John 
Rivera Reny 
Roaa Eddie 
Rlcbardaon Anna 
RulowK Bhura 
Ryan Mary 

Dantrey Olga 
Schoan D 
Schwiller Jea* 
Smith Herbert 
Smith John 
Smith Joe 
Stacy Mlaa P 
Stamm Orvillr 

Taft Beaa 
Tarl Bthel 
Thetion Itieut 
TIlBck pill 
Tobot Mn\e 
Tremayne Teddy 

Walker Vincent 
Walsh Thomaa 
Warden Hiirry 
Watson Kathleen 
White Chaa 
Whillnrc Charlotte 
White Edna 
Wleley Dave 
Williams Hurry 
Wilson nen 
Wllaon Viola 

Tamsda Joa 
Toung Maria 

ZIpple Mabla 



•All Aboard" 10-12 Poli's Water- 
fcury 13-15 Stone O H Bingham Ion 
17 Miner's Bronx New York. 

"All in Fun" 10 Empire Toledo 
17 New Gayety Dayton. 

"Bnthinff Beauties" 10 Oayety St 
l*iuls 17 Oayely Kansas City. 

"Bon Tona" 10 Gayety Buffalo 17 
Gayety Kuche.«ter. 

"Bostonianu" 10-12 Grand O H 

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WAl.TKIl KINO Trombone 

TEU (li.KASON I>nima 

T.ondon 13-15 Grand O H Hamilton 
17 Empire Toronto. 

"Brefxy Times" 10 L O 17 Gayety 

"Brevities of 1»J4" 10-12 Van Cur- 
ler Schenectady lS-15 Harmanus 
Bleecker Hall Albany 17 Gayety 

"Bubble Bubble" 10 Oayety Omaha 
17 Olympic Chicago. 

"Chuckles of 1924" 10 Gayety 
Pittsburg-h 17-19 Court Wheeling 20- 
22 Grand O H Canton. 

Coopei- Jimmy 10 Columbia New 
Torlt 17 Casino Brooklyn. 

"Dancing Around" 10 Casino Bos- 
ton 17 Columbia New York. 

"Follies of Day" 10 Orpheum Pat- 
eraon 17 Empire Newark. 

"Olggtes" 10 Capitol Indianapolis 
17 Gayety St. Louis. 

"Happy Days" 10 Casino PhHad»I- 
phia 17 Palace Baltimore. 

"Happy Go Lucky" 10 Hurtle & 
Seamon's New York 17 Kmplre 

"Hippity Hop" 10 Olympic Chicago 
17 Star & Garter Chicago. .^ 

"Hollywood Follies" 10 L O 17 Ca- 
sino Phlladrfphla. 

"Jig Times" 10 Columbia Cleve- 
land 17 Empire Toledo. 

"I.*fs Go" 13-15 Colonial Utlca 17 
Gayety Montreal. 

Marion Dave 10 Miner's Bronx 
New York 17 YorkvlIIe New York. 

"Monkey Shines" 10 New Gayety 
Dayton 17 Olympic Cincinnati.' 

"Nifties of 1924 " 10 Gayety Wash- 
ington 17 Gayety Pittsburgh. 

"Queen of PaiHs" 10 Empire To- 
ronto 17 Gayety Buffalo. 

"Radio Girls" 10 Hyperion New 
Haven 17-19 Poirs Waterbury 20-22 
Stone O H Blnghamton. 

"Record Breakers" 10 Oayety De- 
troit 17-19 Grand O H X^ndon 20-22 
Grand O H Hamilton. 

"Silk Stocking Revue" 10-12 Court 
Wheeling lS-ir> Grand O H Canton 
17 Columbia Cleveland. 

"Step On It" 10 Casino Brooklyn 
17 L, O. 

"Talk of Town" 10 Palace Balti- 
more 17 Gayety Washington. 

"Temptations of 1924" 10 Yorkville 
New York 17 Empire Providence. 

"Town Scandals" 10 Empire Provi- 
dence 17 Casino Boston. 

"Vanities" 10 Empire Brooklyn 17 
Orpheum Paterson. 

Watson Billy 10 Olympic Cincin- 
nati 17 Capitol Indianapolis. 

Wat.ion Sliding Blily 10 Empire 
Newark 17 Hurtlg & Seamon's New 

"Whirl of Girls" 10 Gayety Roch- 
ester 20-22 Colonial Utica. 

Williams Mollle 10 Gayety Boston 
17 Hyperion New Haven. 

"Wine Woman and Song" 10 Star 
& Garter Chicago 17 Gayety Detroit. 
"Youthful Follies" 10 Gayety Kan- 
sas City 17 L O. 


"Bond Box Revue" 10 Star Brook-< 
lyn 17 Lyric .Newark. 

"Bit.s of Hits" 10 Allentown 11 
Reading 12-13 Williamsport 14 Co- 
lumbia 15 Bethlehem 17 Folly Balti- 

"'Broadway BcWes" 10 York 11 
Cumberland 12 Altoona 13 Lewiston 
14 llnlontown 15 New Castle 17 
Academy Pittsburgh. 

"Dancing Foar 10 Folly Baltimore 
17 York IS Cumberland 19 Altoona 
20 Lewiston 21 Unltontown 22 New 

"Flirts and Skirts" 10 Empire 
Cleveland 17 Elyrla 18 Frcefnont 19 
Sandusky 20-22 Cataract Niagara 

"Folly Town" 10 Garrick St Louis 
17 L O. 

"I-Yench ModeVt" 10 Elyrla 11 
Freemont 12 Sandusky 13-15 Cata- 
ract Niagara Falls 17 Garden Buf- 

"Georgia Peaches" 10 Bijou Phila- 

delphia 17 Allentown 18 Reading: 19- 
20 Williamsport 21 Columbia 22 

"Hello Jake"' 10 Empress Milwau- 
kee 17 L O. 

"Helter Skelter" 10 Garden Buffalo 
17 Majpwtic Scranton. 

"Joy Riders" 10 Howard Boston 17 
Olympic New York. 

"Laffln' Thru" 10 Olympic New 
York 17 Star Brooklyn. 

"London Gnyety Girls" 10-12 Park 
Youngstown 17 Empress Milwaukee. 

"Make It Peppy" 10 Ma>estic 
Scranton 17 Nesbit Wllkes-Barre. 

"Misa Venua Co" 10 Empress Cin- 
cinnati 17 Kmplre Cleveland. 

"Moonlight Maids" 10 L O 17 Gay- 
ety Louisville. 

"Oh Joy" 19 L O 17 Garrick 8l 

"PeM Mell" 10 Lyric Newark 17 
Bijou Philadelphia. 

"Round the Town" 10 Gayety 
Brooklyn 17 Howard Boston. 

"Saucy Bits" 10 Nesbit Wllkes- 
Barre 17 Empire Hoboken. 

"Snappy Snaps" 10 Academy Pitts- 
burgh 17-19 Parle Youtigstown. 

"Step Along" 10 Empire Hoboken 
17 Oayety Brooklyn. 

"Step Lively" 10 Gayety Louisf 
vIHe 17 Empress Cincinnati. 



M A J E S T Y'S— "Gingham 




ORPHEUM— French stock, 
Grand Gulgnol. 

GAVKTY — "Brevities." Burlesque. 

IMPERIAL— Pop vaudeville. 

LOEW'S — Pop vaudeville. 

PALACE — "The Covered Wagon." 
$1.50 top. 

died by E. L. Perry of Oklahoma 
City, while Al E. Fair will remain In 
charge of Texas, with headquarters 
at Dallas, Tex. 

John N. Stewart has purchased 
the building housing the Wonderland 
at Kaufman, Tex. 

Harry Covett Post No. 290 will 
Install a theatre at Southard, Oklu., 
in near future. 

Fred Taylor has opened a new 
picture theatre at Rliring Star, Tex. 

Only first runs for the Unique, El 
Paso, in the future, announced by 
J. M. Edgar Hart, manager. New 
picture machines have been installed 
and the house completely renovated. 

R. * R. theatre, Sweetwater. Tex., 
was destroyed by fire lost week. 

The. Saenger, Pln» Bluff. Ark, Is 
well under construction. It will oc- 
cupy the 8!tme site and replace the 
theatre recently destroyed by lire. 

Conway will be the name of the 
theater now being constructed by 
8. G. and Thtadore .Smith at Con- 
way. Ark. Saul 8. Harris of Little 
Kook will operate the theatie under 

sent Al Ro)>bins, assistant manager, 
and a cameraman to Lincoln, Neb., 
with the Syracuse football team, 
and the resulting pictures of the 
Syracuse-Nebraska game, won bjr 
Syracuse 7 — 0. are b^-lns shown on 
this week's bill. The films give a 
rather clear-cut story of the gair.s 
and rarilcularly of the final quarter, 
in which a sei-les of forward paF<Tea 
culminated In an Orange touch- 
down. Pojr titling, however. 1 -, In 
c /Idcnoe, and Capt. Macnne. hei o of 
the gyr.icuse team, la referred '.o In 
the titles as McCrca. 

Hayden H. Whitney, Sj -aeuse 
profrclonal pianist and gospel sons 
wrlicr. Is convalescent at his home 
after a five weeks' conftnemtjnt in a 
local horpital. caused by n i attack 
of nephritis. His lllneu dies back 
t > last Ausust, when he wni Injured 
In an auto accl.lent In Ohio. 

T. Jay Flanagan,^use sonsf 
writer and singer, to appearing at 
the Crescent here Tuesday and 
Wednesday in a musical prolog to 
the lilm "Shattered Reputations." 
FlanaKun's newest tfong, "Shattered 
Dreams.'" Is linked with the picture. 
The "Songl.ind Trio," of this city. Is 
appearing with Flanagan. 

Jack Elms, formerly manager of 
Loew's here, Is now at Loew's, As- 
toria, L. I. 

B. M. Garfield, formerly manager 
of the Gayety and later of the Al- 
cazar, has retired for the time being 
frtjm the theatre world. 

The Palace, formerly Allen, Is do- 
ing good business by playing spe- 
cial features at $1.50 top, all seats 
j-eserved. The first was "Scara- 
mouche" and this week "The Cov- 
ered Wagon." 



WIETING— First half, dark; last 

half. "The Old Soak.' 

STRAND— All week 

"Our Hospitality,"' "Columbus " 
footbill game. 

EMPIRE- "Eternal Three." 

RIVOLI— "Soft Boiled.'" 

CRESCENT — "Temporary Mar- 

"Th? White 


Grand Gulgnol, Paris terror the- 
atre organization, is booked for a 
two weeks' engagement at the Or- 

Ethel Redmond, winner of the 
Elks' Fall Festival contest, will leave 
shortly for California, where she 
win be given a part with Renalles, 
Inc.. In a picture now In preparation, 
"The Elk's Tooth." Miss Redmond 
won the trip and the chance to enter 
the movies by registering over 
100.000 votes In a field of 20 con- 

H there's »ueh a thing as a lucky 
manager. the Syracuse ■ Rialto 
dwears It's Dan Curry. Curry came 
here a year ago with ""Tangerine"' 
and played to about capacity aPthe 
Wieting. Last week he came back 
to town with "The Gingham Girl" 
and gave the WIetIng Its beat three 
days since "Tangerine." The mu- 
sical show grossed about $9,000. 

Fred Rider, old-time burlesque 
producer, and now manager of "The 
Hat." stricken with ptomaine pois- 
oning upon his arrival here two 
weeks ago, was discharged from the 
Crouse-Irvlng hospital Saturday and 
left Immediately to rejoin the 

In spite of their slast> names, 
home town friends have Identified 
Helen Flynn of Utlca aa Helen 
Vallely in Rny Hitchcock"s ""The Old 
Soak.'" and Jack Wolstein of Syra- 
cuse as Jack Waldron of Syracuse 
In 'The Gingham Girl." 

Syracuse ministers, generall.v 
speaking, are satlstled with the 
quality of theatrical entertainment , 
offered in this city, and this In tha 
face of rather caustic criticism made 
recentl.v by some divines on th» 
door of the Syracuse Ministers' As- 
sociation. The Syracuse '"Telegram" 
nought comments from local clerics 
In connection with the New York 
campaign Inaugurated by Bishop J 
Luther B. Wilson, and found the" 
local clergymen generally satisned. ' 
The only adverse criticism locally 
was directed at the movies. 

a. Donald Cobb of Watertown. 
son of former State Senator George 
H. Cobb, head of the etate"s movie 
censorship commission, has been 
given a Job In the publicity depart- 
ment of Universal. 


WErJ< KN'OWN rondncntat artist 
flrat'Clani JusicIit, WAnttt ttrat-claio 
fomiKly nrf t»t partner. Hlch rla«B act. 
Krady^ with alt coituniet and proper- 


HuiU'hrn, (irrmnn.r. Ikntati Str., It. 

I-nrHt floor 


R, O. (Dick) Rosebaum of San 
PranclBco has been appointed dis- 
trict manager for the Famous Play- 
ers-Lasky, with headquarters at 
Dallas. Hie territory covers Okla- 
homa. Dallas and Memphis, formerly 
covered toy the district manager at 

A. R. Powell, former manager of 
the Sugg aiKl Kozy, Chickasha. Okla.. 
has purchased the Highland, Guthrie, 

Mr. Allfer has taken over the man- 
agement of the American, Enid, 
Okla. • 

As a reeult of numerous com- 
plaints from tran.HienIs that they 
had difficulty In locating the Wiet- 
ing (Shuberts"), Manager George A. 
Chenet this week directed the plac- 
ing of a new electric sign on the 
Wieting block, corner Salina and 
Wafer streets, the «lgn being visible 
up and down Salina, the principal 
Syra.cu8e business thoroughfare. 
The Wieting entrance is on Water 
street, one of the least traveled of 
downtown avenues. 

The Robbing-Eckel theatre here 

Mr. Poole has opened up a new 
theatre at Wewoka. Okla. 

Famous Players has purchased a 
building site and will erect a strictly 
modern picture theatre at San An- 
tonio in the near future. 




■(• .tela New to N«<r York foe Immedlale Tim*. Nothlnc To* lllg Nar To* Svutll 

LEW DIAMOND, Representative 

Offieti: 1405 Broadway, Room 303, Putnam Building 

The Film Exchange building at 
Dallas will have a 60 x 200 four-story 
addition added In the near future. 

L. Stevens of Threece, Kans , has 
purchased the Oayety, Picher, Okla. 

The Miaaion, Wichita Falls, Tex. 
h&a reopened, with over 1,000 ca- 

Oklahoma and Arkansas theatres 
bolon^lng to Southern Enterprises 
have been removed from the Juris- 
diction of the Dallas offlc*. Arkan- 
sas will be handled out of Memphis 
hr diaries Mcllravey; Oklahoma 
and 7ort Smith. Ark.. wtU tM ban- 


/ \MI I i \Tllf;K UKIKf- < «Nh> 



Supreme Court Justice Ernest t. 
Edgcomb has before him a motion 
to direct a revision of the complaint 
of Mrs. Carrie Schwenn in her suit 
against Mrs. Hannah Bastable and 
Stephen A. Bastable for $50,000 for 
the death of her husband. Otto, in 
the.flre that wiped out the Bastabls 
theatre nearly a year ago. Counsel 
for Bastable, who managed the 
playhouse, want him eliminated as a, 
defendant on the ground he was 
only employed in that capacity. 


Would Like to Hear Front 


Write Bernet &. Downa 


Woods Theatre Bldg., Chicago 

If It la Theatrical Cooda We Have It 

All Drapery Materials for MUSIC BOX REVUE Supplied by 

KlKhly-oiM yearn of aatUflrd M>rv1r« to the prorewnloa 



Around the World on a Dialect Pill 


This Wssk (Osc. 3), Osvsnport and Csdar Rapids, Iowa 


.rrnuy j-'ik-'wr- 


1 nursaay, December a, ivxs 

▼ A K 1 E T T 




I <utr« to ■anoonee to all nr frtmd* In 
tho profeMloD and elacwhero tba4 I h«v« 
*eT«r*d my connection with M, Wltm&rk 
aBd Bona and am now with tho 



and aanonne* tho oponinr of oar ■xcentlT* 
OOteeo (or tho UniUd Btatea. 

Fonrth Iloor, Oarriok Bnildiag 


Monday, D«c*inb«r 8rd, 9 a. m. to S p. m. 

"One Kiso," in which Mrs. McClee 
(Liouiso Groody) hi featured. 

Joe Justus, song writer, enter- 
t&ined SOO down-and-outa at a. din- 
er In the Salvation Army's Bowery 
ball tho night before ThankaiiivinK. 
The event was In celebration of his 
rescue from the Bowery 10 years 
agx) by the Army. 

Angelo Scarpa Foster, one-time 
pupil of Enrico Caniao, was divorced 
during the week and ordered to pay 
his wife t}5 weelcly. 

Ton aro cordially Invltad to mako thia addroaa your Hcadquartera whllat In 
Chicago. 111., afcd to hear tha following number^ which aro bolnc featured 
by BIO ACTS overywhare: 





Charles H. Lyon, Madlron Square 
Garden box-ofnce man. who caused 
a sensation by testifying that be 
made as high as $400 a weelc while 
treasurer at the Belasco theatre, 
was awarded a 112,000 verdict In 
tha euprome Court of Queens 
County Wedne«(day. He sued Alex- 
ander McAllister for proflta in a 
stock •elling syndicate. 

Four tons of Mah Jong seta were 
unloaded from a ship in New York 
last week. 


Don Barela^ replaced Jimmy 

Duffy In "Vanities" Monday. 

Syd Roscnfeld is taking ""Virginia 
Runs Away" to the road, and also 
Is rehearsing "The Dauntless Lady" 
for Atlantic City. 

A dozen 'TJunclng I.,olIlpopa" have 
arrived here for 'tiolllpoii." They 
are from John Tiller. 

A Los Angeles report is that Jack 
Dempsey Is to be married, a 17- 
year-old Pasadena girl being the 
bride-elect. It is said also he will 
Sgh: three times next year and then 

Curtis Burnley, character mimic, 
away for several seasons, will make 
her reappear&nce on the New York 
stage Dec. 1(. 

Walter Hampden, recovered from 
his foot Injury sufficiently to walk 
on crutches, expects to reopen in 
"Cyrano" Dec. 17. 

Oemldine Farrar. barred from two 
Atlanta church auditoriums, was 
able to sing there Friday night 
through a local high school show 
giving up its date at the City Audi- 

is to be given at the Cort. Friday, 
Dec. 28, ticketrlo which will be sold 
only at the box-office. 

Bmma Miller, of "The Devil's 
Disciple" company, was married in 
New York last week to John L. 
Clawson, Buffalo merchant and 

Porter Emerson Browne has re- 
crlgned from the Dramatists' The- 
atre. Inc. His play, '"The Ked 
Shadow," Is -listed as Its first pro- 

Oanna Walska. withdrawing from 
'"The Miiwitrel Boy," let it be known 
she intends going into plottires. 

Eddie Alnsmlth. now with the 
Giants and formerly first string 
catcher for the Cardinals, has flied 
a claim for $4,000 back salary 
against the club with Commtosloner 

Patricia CoIIlnge Is slated for the 
title role of "Saint Joan," now re- 

Norma Nlblock, of Toronto, was 
the winner over $7 other beauties 
from all parts of the continent se- 
lected by Rodolph Valentino. Eu- 
genia Gilbert, of Los Angeles, is to 
be educated in Paris by Alice De- 
lysia. Three others got Jobs in the 
Delysia show. "Topics of 1923." 
They are Mary Fogarty, Butte; Zoe 
Yake, Spokane, and Alva King, At- 
lantic City. 

Winelow Dunne, a Boston reattbsr 
Shocked the town by offering a 
year's supply of tickets at half 
rates. Only Keith's and the St. 
James are excepted from his list. 

Ralph Errolle, who suped in grand 
opera in Chicago K years ago, was 
substituted for Tito Schipa. oppo- 
site Galll-Curcl, In "Lakme" at the 
opening of the Chicago opera 

Theodore Roberts was the guest 
Of the A. M. P. A. (picture press 
fegente) last week. 

A special matinee of "The Swan' 

Anton Lang, the Chrlstua of "The 
Passion Play," and 10 other Ober- 
ammergau players are en route to 
New York to participate in the 
Bavarian wood-carving show to be 
held liere. 

Mae Allison let it be known that 
she and her husband, Robert Ellis, 
have separated and that she will 
sue for divorce in Los Angeles. 

Th« manuscript of "Simon Called 
Peter." by Jules Bckert Goodman, 
has been put in the hands of W. A. 

A Washington dispatch pplnts out 
that under th« Mellon tax plan dtl- 
rens paying on Incomes of $10,000 
or under will be saved $330,000,000 a 
year, while the richest people In the 
country will save only $1,S50.000. 

Eleanora Duse closed her New 
York engagement Nov. »0 in tri- 
umphant fashion, idaying to an 
overflow house, and was forced to 
respond to 2T-4!urlaln calls. She left 
Saturday for a Boston engagement. 

The stork drop:>ed three girls and 
a boy Into tlia home of George Wlt- 
tlg of Baltimore last week. Evi- 
dently tho parents ar» picture fans, 
for they Immediately named the 
girls Marlon Davles. Alice Brady 
and Mary Miles Minter. 

John McGraw it due back from 
Europe Dec. 8 and will attend the 
big league meetings in Chicago. He 
Is expected to close the Hornsby deal 
there. The Giants have signed John 
Gross, a young Kentucky pitcher. 

"Kid Boots," the new Eddie Can- 
tor show opening in Detroit this 
week, win have as an added feature 
George Olsen's California orchestra. 
The band arrived in New York last 

The Appellate Division of ITie Su- 
preme Court ruled that A. L. Er- 
langer and Marc Klaw were not en- 
titled to 1,260 shares of Famous- 
Lasky stock given to them at the 
time of the organization of Frohman, 
Inc. The executors of Alf Hay- 
man's estate sued to recover them. 

Vegetables, brick, stovewood and 
poultry are being accepted for ad- 
mi8.slon to the theatres In L«ben- 
stein, Thurlngla. 

Long Acre Cold Cream 
Leaves Skin Yehrety Soft 

Which \n reaiion why dtacrlm- 
Inatlns Btasr, Screen and Kins Artlalu 
have uned Long Acre exclualrely for over 
JO years. 

Lonir Acre Cold Cream I» coneldered the 
Ideal foundation tar make-up bocauae of 
Ite exceptional purity. emoothnesB and 
"apreadablllty." And It la equally ef- 
fective for removliic make-np. Instantly 
clearlns the akin of every trace of 
"sreaae." cleaning the porea and leav- 
ing the akin velvety aoft and amooth. 

Lrf>nR Acre costs no more than any other 
hlKh-srade cream and foes twice aa far 
aa moat of them, thua maklnc It the 
moNt economical cold cream to b* ob- 
tained anywhere. Hold in attractive 
half-pound and pound tins at lOc. and 
tl.OO. Buy it at druK and theatrical 
toilet countera. Where unobtainable 
order direct, aildlnir 10c. for poataBC. 
LoM Km Cold Cream Ca., tl4 Eaat 
l«Stb M.. New Tark City. 

"Within the Quota," an American 
ballet by Gerald Murphy and Cole 
Porter, which had its premiere In 
Parte about a month ago. was pre- 
sented by the Swedish Ballet last 

The U. S. marshal Is Jnvestigatlng 
a report that F'uller and McGee. 
bucketshop prisoners, were let off 
the reservation laet w^k to occupy 
front row seats at the. opening of 

•Trfedlum-short" skirts have won 
out In Paris. The style makers con- 
cede It. They will abandon the 
"sweepers," but will not go to the 
knee-high style. The new skirt will 
be a compromise between the two 

Evelyn Plimidore, an actress, and 
another woman, were shot at Broad- 
way and (5th street last Friday 
night by a bandit engaged In a gun 
battle with detectives. The women 
were taken to a hospital each shot 
In her left leg. 

Your Dancing feet 

Need Twinkling 


of Cold and Silver Kid that gleam 
laucily) ovl acTou the foot* and vie 
for complete favor along Broadvajf 
thii season nilh gold and utter 
brocade* tatina and vefvef* to maloh 
Oie costume and pmle^ thai are 
charmingly demure. 


Specialists to ' thott 
for tha profetMon^ lor 
atage or ttreet toegr 

Andrew Geller 


At 61st Street 

i. m m ^ »r 

Mae Daw, of the "Follies," a little 
PhlLndcIphla girl, tias been given a 
long contract by Zlcgfeld, who an- 
nounces bia Intention of featuring 

A beneflt' at the Century netted 
$«.000 for the work of the National 
Stage Women's Exchange. 

The American Society of Compos- 
ers and Dramatists will declare a 
dividend this month. In time for 
Christmas distribution, from the 
royalties earned on works of Ita 
members during the last quarter. 

Mrs. Relna Melcher Marquis, wife 
of Don Marquis, humorist and 
author pf "The Old Soak," died 
Sunday nlg*it at her home In Forest 
Hills, L. 1. She was burled Ttiurs- 
day. Mrs. Marquis was the author 
of a novel. "The Torchbearer." and 
was working on another imok. 




Theatrical Cottame^Co. Inc. 

1*S Hevrnth Arena*. New York 

Hev..-nth floor 

Marie Breivogelle 

Colleen Moore, whose picture work 
^as delayed her honeymoon since 
the wedding last summer. Is In New 
York with her husband, John Mc- 
Cormlck. He Is West Coast repre- 
sentative for First NatlonaL 

Jt was daring a vUlt at the )>otne 
of Maxlne Elliott In New York, said 
Burton 8. Tucker. 16, that he pro- 
posed marriage to Mrs. Susan Simp- 
son, 60. Now they are married and 
the boy's parent* a|;e trying to have 
the wedding annulled in New Jer- 
sey. The bride is wealthy. 

Thomas We«t and Mary Frawley. 
acrobats, fell to the stage of lioew's 
Victoria Monday iilght when a sup- 
porting loop, to which West hung 
by one foot, broke. West wan un- 
hurt, but Miss Frawley sufTored 
nevere bruises. 

Foxlian Keene, famous »portfl- 

man, was Injured when thrown by 
his horse during a fox biint in 

A Paris revue ia using aa ita chief 
lure a kissing aoubrat, who amacks 
right and left in tlie audience wblla 
the housa ia darkened, and dlaap- 
pears before the lights go up. 

Jane Grey and Riccardo Martin 
of the Chicago Opera Company wera 
married Nov. 1&, but kept It a se- 
cret until thia week. 

At a luncheon given for William 
Hodge by ttie Clergy Club at tha 
Aslor the actor mingled with 
preachers and ex-convicts who ar« 
now going straight. 

Feodor Challapin of the Metropoll. 
tan was host to a flock of news- 
paper reporters at his hotel, thia 
being his first formal contact with 
thie press. 

An Invitation to the Theatre Guild 
of New York from the Theatre des 
Champs EHysees, Paris, to play 
abroad next season is now under 

Thomas Mills, formerly cornetlst 
(Continued on page it) 




Now with GEO. M. COHAN'S Musical Comedy 



Cedric Lindsay is playing the comedy role of the Dancino Detective 
and introducing Special Acrobatic Dances with Mits Hasai Mason. 

John Murray Anderson has sev- 
ered his connection with Bohemians, 
Inc., producers of the "Greenwich 
Village Follies." His attorney, Na- 
than Burkan, has brought suit 
against the organization for $(,000 
for services. 

Madeleine Marshall. American ac- 
tress, has apreed to an amlc.-ible set- 
tlement of her libel Huit against the 
Ix)ndon Exiiress and the Theatre 
'lulld, Ltd.. of London, producers of 
■Ambush." She resented the charge 
Itiat she put too much w.nllop Into 
lier wfilloruB ,Tt nn ncfnr she la al- 
'f'Ked to have disliked. 

.Stilt has been started a«.'ilnHl 

'hnrles A. Stoneham, chief owner 

if the N. Y. Oi.inls. and fJoss K. 

Nibertoon, hi.'^ associate In the brok - 

laKe firm of Charles A. Stoneham 

Co , by a trader who demands an 

■counting from the flrni. He si- 

.PC'S he sought in vain to get sto'k 

he had deposited as collateral. 

Anything Written 

from a parchly to pi prnJuctton. 
. . Snappy Bonirii alnn. i^nnn prlrr*i. 
f/f Rddl* Cantor haa Ufvil my ataff. 
' I Mil tu all Hcarat papers, lAU. 

Jodv«, Whis Bant. Etc., Btc. 


509. 11S0 B'waj, N«w Tork 

Pbon* ColambOB 42111 
Appointment only 


Would like to hear from 


Write Bemet A Downa 


Woods Theatre Bid;. Chicago 





at Factory Price* 



Used Tninka at Reasonable Reductions 





THE • 





Thursday, December 6, 1923 



Uolnmt'm Coraady •# RotbI BomaDM 


PODT WEST 41 ST. Bvi*. 
V»\^lVlM»ta Wed. and Sat. 

• :20 



In Ropwood'i Oar Bon(-Pl«y 

"UtUe MiM Bluebeard" 

I VPCIIU Waat 4( St. Bvca l:SO 

!■ I wCU HI llatlntM Thuri. * Sat. 


Krvrj Evenlnf. r«>p. Trtre MaU. W«.. S«t. 



Qlorifylnfl th« Amtrlcan Girl 

'S" COHAN "»";• """'"* "^ "* •^" 

Matu We<l. (nd 8*1. at 1:30. 




^'Aren't We AUr 



■*(«. S:U. Mala. Wed. and Sat. at !:SS. 


THK eonscou*. aLciruu tuneful mow 


Fill TON 'W- **'"' i°^'**- "t ''^'> 

r\JM^ lyji^ Mis. Weil & Sat. at 2:30 
CHARLES nir.MNOHAM presentu 


new' " *• with Music 



Caat fncludpa: I.outae Oroody. Oscnr 

Shaw, John E. Hazsard, Ada T..ewlK. 

John Price Jonea and Josephine Whittell. 



in '7HE LULLABy;; 

HENRY MILLER'S TJ!*"^lnt 'mi; 

WVXB. •:M. 1UT8. THCBa and HAT.. t:M. 






The Bone Hit 
of the Centarr 

Bn. »M 

•nd SsL. 1:M 




I IRFDTV W. 42d StlMats. Wed. 
•-•II>t.l\ 1 I Eves. »:SOIand Sat., t: 


In her 





Book and Lyric* by Zaida Saarai 
Mualo by Harold Lovey. 


The Swltteat. Speedleat, Dancleat Show 
of ilM Year! With Wm. Kant. Chu. 
KucKlea and a Wonderful Caat ot It 
Danclnv Champlona. 
BPTTmnff W. 42d St.lMATS. WED. 
SrOiWXri Kvcs. g:lOI A SAT.. »:1» 




RI7I AQrTk'^- ** Bt. Evea at «:30 

DCl.a\i3\^\J Ma.lm. Thura.. Bat. 2:30 






HARRIS uTu^vrtA. M 

.41dBt Btsa Ills. 

.•L^n""""* **■*•• Wed, * am- «:J5 
lisna * Oordon (in aaiodaUon <i 

with San H. Hirrli) p^went— 




"Th« Biggest Laugh feaat ot the 
Season" ^4an-oiob* 

RFPI JRI IP *''* St.. W. ot Bway. 

»*»^* V'-'V' BVENINQS at 1:30. 

Matm-jcs Wed. and Sat.. S;30. 

ANNE NICHOLS' Graat Comedy 



*- « 

••SPLKMDID FUN."— N. T. Tlmaa. 




LITTLE THEATRE l'^Z„**:^^^: 

Ilata. Wed. and Sat. at 2:30. 

MOB.OSCO Thea.. W. 45th St. Eva. 8:20 

KAFAEL S.AB.tTINl'8 Komantle PUy 


with Sidney Blaekmer 



GLOBE B'ray. 4etb St. Eva. i:lt 






(Continued from pa«» 1) 
to the diatrlct attorney when ho re- 
ceived a number of complaint! from 
people who allege to haro been 
bilked out of conelderablo sums 
througrh the misrepresentation of the 
school directors. 

According to the report, the 
schools are operating under cover 
rather than In the open, as was the 
practice several years ago. The 
popular scheme Is to open a booking 
office and broadcast advertisements 
for unexperienced players for vaude- 
ville and road shows. 

Applicants who can plunge a bit 
are retained and the others sent on 
their way. The "live ones" are 
taken In tow and It Is suggested, 
after a tryout, that they have some 
lessons In either acting or dancing 
under a special schoBl that is really 
the main spoke of their enterprise. 

One agency Is said to have even 
gone further than to exact money 
tor training by recommending a 
dummy author to write special acts 
for them. One player paid $100 for 
an act and later found It had been 
cribbed from a budget of stage ma- 
terial that sells for $1. When this 
was brought home to the victim he 
headed straight for the district at- 
torney's offlce. 

The police have pledged co-opera- 
tion with the district attorney In 
ridding th6..Time8 square district of 
this menace. % 

Several questionable booking 
agencies are now being scrutinized 
by the police, although there Is no 
direct evidence against these. 


(Continued from (Sage 33) 

Mniio Box Theatre Z.i' ^^.'TsVi 

"It la a 8«m« That Baa Me Eqnsl." 

— Sun-Qlobe. 
SAM H. HARRIS Presents 


stated by Haaaard Short 

pi AYUQUSE "*'■■''>'■'■" BrT«nt>«2« 



"WUl hold yoD apellbonnd." 

— It. O. Welsh. Telegram 
— Percy Hammond, Tribune 



hit of 
the year 

Eva. i:tO 

ATULLUml Wed. & Sat. i:tl 
rhIUp Goodman Preaenla 


iJ>T FPTXir^ "C W. 42d St. Eva. 1:10. 

UtLilllNVTlii MU. Wed. A 3.t., 2:30. 

The 8EI.WYN8 Preacnt 






A. K. UATHEWS and Olhera 

__. Evn,8:30 

„.....,. ..^,. ft: tfM., 2:30. 

Beg. Next Tmaday Kvrnlns, Ure. 4 

8Ii.\TS NOW 

A. II. WOCID.S I'reSTits 



V ANDERBILT 8:r,li. MbU.'wo>|"a Hat!. 2:30 

WInthrcip Amos and Oulhrlo McCUntlO 

preacnt a New Mplortrama. 

FMPIRP Thea., It'way & 40 St 

cnirinc Hints. wc<i 


By Eleanor Itobson ind Harriet Vord 


VI A\X7 Thratre. W 46lb. Evaa. »:»• 
rVLa/VrV Mats, We < and^Sat. at 2:20 

Stewart & French W.tnt Tou to 



"A roUkklnK f.irc». , . . We Joincrt 
the rest of the flr.-»t-niKhr au(ll.^nce lo 
KustH of modrrute lauKhier." — Herald. 


Wolfe A Ward 
•Allied Dance Rev 
(Otbera to (III) « 

Id halt ' 
J A A Rtley 
•Jack Bell A Band 
Sweeney A Waltera 
(Two to mi) 

Kny la waad 
Persy Mclntoah 
Sweeney A Walters 
Maklns Movies 
(Three to llll) 

2d halt 
Maklnit Movlea 
Eape A Dutton 
Little Plpafaz Co 
(Three to Oil) 
Flnk'a Mulea 
(Three to flII) 

Jennler Bros 
Dolly Wilson Co 
Oattlaon Jonea Bd 
Thank Tou Doctor 
B A J Crelfhtott 
Three Leea 
(Othera to fill) 

BLin'OTOM, nx. 


Tilyou A Rosera 
Alex'r A Roche Co 
(One to nil) 
2d half 
Tranafleld 81a A R 
The Saytona 
(One to Oil) 


Frank Sidney CIo 
Frank Marcktey 
Alex'der A Elmore 
Harry Hayden Co 
Dorothy Taylor Co 

Petera A LeBuK 
Carmen A Rose 
Ume DuBarry 0» 
Frank Bush 
Minstrel Monarclis 
Flak'a Mules 

2d halt 
Stma Trio 
I,ew Ilawklna 
IJnr Foo Co 
(Two to nil) 

•Merlan'a Doss 
Klasa A Brilliant 
(Three to All) 

Id half 
•nayes A Speck 
P Mcintosh Co 
J Johnaon Co 


TransHeld Sla * R 
The Saytona 
(One to All) 

td halt 
Roe Reeves 
Woe Cloud Band 
(One to mi) 

xu;ii«. III.. 

•Roe Reeves 
Five Avalons 

The $1,500,000 Picture 

^'Ondcr the Red Robe" 

With Robert B. Mantrll, .Jolin rii.irlps Thomas .and Alma Rubens 
Qulnn Martin In the World says: 

"It la a b% picture . . . one 
•f the loveliest thinss victoclally 
vUch have bean screened.' 

(One to (111) 
2d halt 
Wheeler 9 

(Two to (111) 



Trennele S 
Jean Boydell 
(One to nil) 
2d ha:f 
Haxel Ooir A Bobby 
Basil A Keller 



•HJIam'a BIrda 
Oliver A Royal 
Four Sonshlrda 
(One to niT) 


•C A L Dors 
Callahan A BItas 
Swaln'a Animals 

2d hair 
Eoyd A Kins 
Honolulu Bound 
(One to flull) 


Kilkenny Duo 
Chay Llns Coo Tr 
(One to mil 

Id halt 
Broder'k-Felaoa Oo 
(Two to All) 


IS A E Rohblna 
M Touns SInsers 

2d halt 
Two Sternards 
(One to nil) 

KA8. cmr, no. 


Steyens A Brunelle 
Orren A Drew 

td halt 
White Button 
Banxal Trio 
F'zw'th A Fraucla 
Now A Then 
Al Abbott 
LaFrance Bros 
(One to nil) 

2d halt 
In Wrons 
Wllllns A Jordan 
Lohse A Sterllns 
(Two to nil) 


(Sunday only) 
In Wrons 
Wllllns A Jordan 
T.nhso A Sterllns 
(Two to nil) 



.Swain's Animals 
C & n Dore 
Honolulu Bound 
t'nllahan A Bllaa 
(One to mi) 

2d halt 
Two Daveys 
Pierce & Rnsism 

Rawla * Von K 
(Two to mi) 


Beatrice Sweeney 
O'HalUsan A Levi 
Louise Lovely Co 
(Three to flII) 
2d halt 
Wonder Seal 
•Laura Ouerlte 
Cotton Plckera 
Jack Rose 
(Two to mi) 


The McCreaa 
Rich A Banta 
•Conn Downey A W 
8 Senators 
Dealya Slaters 
Chestner A Bltner 
(Two to nil) 

Ith Street 
Follla A Leroy 
•Mr-Mrs W Hill 
Larry Comer 
Jean Oliver S 
Joa Thomas Saxo't 
Max Thielen Tr 

Haiel Oorr A B 
Basil A Keller 
:d halt 
Trennelle 3 
Jean Boydell 
(One to nil) 

Peters. A LeBuft 
Geo Mack 
Mme DuHarry Co 
6 Sweethearts 
(One to nil) _ 



Wonder Seal 
Laura Ouerlte 
Cotton Plckera 
Jack Rose 
(Two to nil) 
2d hai; 
Realrlce Sweeny 
O'HalllKan A Levi 
Ixiulse Lovely Co 
(Three lo ml) 


Sawyer * Eddy 
LAV Uoherty 
Laurel Lee 
(One to nil) 
td halt 
Al Abbott 
Orren A Drew 
Blaoik City 4 
(One to nil) 

8T. LOVI8, MO. 

Maxine A Bobby 

Edmunds A LaVelle 


Medley A Dupres 

Speaker Lewis > 

( Musical Nossei 

Oscar Martin Co 
Mannera A Lowrle 
Johnson A Baksr. 
Morris A Towns 
Stuart's Scotch Rev 
Touns America 
(Two to nil) 


Billy House Co 
Senator Murphy 
Alex'der Broa & E 
(Two to nil) 


Little I'IpKax Co 
Paul Klrliland 
•Twlnette BoUa Co 
Joe Towle 
J R Johnson Co 
Jorcdah DeRaJah 

2d half 
Klass A nnillant 
P MnnsQeld Dane's 
nei> Barton Rev 
(Three to nil) 

Tit>RKA, KAN. 
In AVrons 
Wllllns & Jordan 
Lohse A Sterllns 
(Two to nil) 
2d half 
Swain's Novelty 
L & V Doherty 
Decol Wajner A T 
Laurel Lee 
Joa St Ongo I 



The Tlnsdales 
Ben Smith 
Hushes Merrltt Co 
Rives A Arnold 
Sherman Van & 71 
•Gertrude Avery Ci 

(Saturday opening) 
Musical Rawleya 
Myron Pearl Co 

In Transylvania 
Rogera A Donnelly 
Thalero's Circus 

Louise A Mitchell 
One on the Aisle 
Northlftne A Ward 
Georgia Minstrels 

2d half 
Oeneral Pisano 
Qulnn A Cavcrly 
Murray Livingston 
Holland Itomance 
.TImmy riemena 
Lea Oellls 3 

(Sunday opening) 
Melford 3 

Howard A Norwood 
L'gf'd -A Fr'derlcks 
Haney Revue 
Story A Clark 
Herberta Beeson Co 

The Wllhats 
Sabbat t A Brooks 
Walters A Stern 
Imperial Midgets 


(Same bill plays 

Saskatoon 13-lC) 

McKlsaIck ft R 
Courtney Sis • 
Murry A Maddox 
niuch A Snyder 

Kafka A Stanley 
Halllday A Willette 
Fridkin A Rhoda 
RIgoIetto Bros. 
Howard A Lewis 

Pant Ages 

The Hannan^ 

Louis WInsel 
N l-'ernandez Co 
Fred Weber Co 
Burt A Rosedale 
The Mounters 
Gibson & Price 
Bernard DePace 
Alia Axiom 
Julia Curtis 
Jed Dooley Co 
Hanneford Family 


Joe Relchen 
John Burke 
Harmon A Sands 
Evans Mero A E 
Mary Drew t'o 
•Robinson's Synco 


Clifford A Gray 

Overholt A Young 

Baraban Grohs Co 


Nat "Chick" Haines 


Paul Sydell 
Farrell A Hatch 
Watson Sisters 
Van Horn A Inei 


Mary Blank C» 
Jewell A Rita 
Valeska Suratt Co 
Steve Green 
Stanley Tripp A M 


Strain Sis 
Rose Wyse Co 
M'rshal M'ntg'mery 
A Robblns 
Rafayette'a Anlm'la 
Four Fhllllpa 
(Open week) 
Plantation Days 


(Sunday opening) 
Lucille A Cackle 
Julia Edwards 
Evans A Wilson 
Saxon & Farrell 
Edille Borden Co 
Elsie A Paulsen 

Geo Lashay 

The Evening Telegram says; 

"Will ito down In silver orreen his- 
tory as one of Ihe ehiMl^-*- n&i nn'y 
a pirtiiri/atlun of history but also A 

hlfttor\--i!iaklng pleture." 

Cosmopolitan Theatre 


COI.t .Ml>l).'j CIIWLE 
I*rless, 60e, 7.'(c, Sl.OO and SI.M. I.^rea. ft 



in llciiiv King's production of 


NOW I YRIP '''•>««"'«• West 45th St. 

j^jt l» I nil/ Near Broadway 

rwlee Dstly. 1:30-8:30. Susdsy Mat. at 1. 






Watch for the Comblnationf 



H A J Shields 
Ward ft Raymond 
Midnight Marriage 
Baker A Ragera 
Prosper ft Maret 


Trella Co 
Harris ft Holly 
Grey ft Byron 
Nancy Fair 
Taylor Howard ft T 


Nestor A Vincent 
P A a Hall 
BUly S Hall 
Chabot A Tortlnl 


Ritter A Knapp 
Holland A O'Den 
Joe Roberts 
Sidney Landneld 
Kate ft Wiley 


(13-15) • 
Johnny Clark 
LaPlne A Emory 
Lillian Burkhart 
Rhoda A Broshell 
Rucker A Perrln 
The Parkers 
HadJI All 



Poster Girl 
Stanley Chapman 
Hall A Shapiro 
30 Pink' Toes 


(10-12) - 
(Same bill plays 
Roy A Arthur 

Pueblo 13-16) 
Olsa A Nicolas 
Vino A Temple 
Dolores Lopez 
Chuck Haas 
liomas Troupe 


(Saturday opening) 
Samaroir A Sonia 
Monroe A Oratton 
Krylton Sis A Mack 
Wells A Eclair 2 
Robinson A Pierce 
Land of Tango 


Noel Lester 3 

Cervo ft Mero 
Billy Weston Co 
Irving A Blwood 
Kelly ft Wise 
Caraon Revua 


Robbie Oordone 

4 Queens of Synoo 

Carroll ft Gorman 


Grant Gardner 

Hill's Circus 



Dlax ft Powers 
Beck A Stone 
Davla ft McCoy 
lyaPettIt Revue 
Edna W Hopper 


1st half 
Oeneral Plaano 
Qulnn ft Caverly 
Murray I.Jvlnsstoa 
Holland Romance 
Jimmy Clemens 
Lea Sellla 9 


Wilfred DuDols 
Weber Sherri Re» 
Noodles Fagan 
The Rlos 


Stylish Steppers 
Gordon A Heal^ 
Ross Valyda 
Sullivan A Myers 
Harrison Moss 
Tommy Gibbons Ce 


Mann Bros 
Renzetta A Gray 
Herbert Lloyd 
Juvenile & 
.Tullotta DIka 
Myers A Hannaford. 
Hedley Trio 


Clinton Sis ' 

Jones A Johnston 
Ed Redmond Co 
Dorothy NIelson 
Clark A O'Nell 
Romeo A Dolls 


Wlnton Broa 
Cornell Leona ft Z 
Latell A Vokas 
Dobbs Clark A D 



Victoria A Dupree 
Oraen A Myra 
Wm Edmunds Co 
Edward Miller 
For PItys Sake 
Bert Pltiglbbons 
R'yn'lds D'«eg'n Co 


2d half 
Tshtkawn Broa 
Cffhton A Roohey 
Kokln ft Gillette 
Morris ft Campbell 

FT. 'Worth, tex. 


Amaxanth Sis 
Wllla A Robyna 
Janet of Franco 
Chief Caupollcan 
Wood A Wydo 
Charlie Wilson 
Billy Sharp Rev 
Hugh Johnston 
Connor Twins 
> White Kuhns 
Sylvia Clark 
Tad Tlemans Band 
Jos Bernard 
Geo Lcmaire Co 


TshlkaWa Bros 
Clinton A Rooney 
Mason Keller Co 
Morris & Ciampbell 

2d half 
RldlculotM Recoo 

lAne A Harper 
Holland A Ray 
•Johnny Murphy 



(Tulsa split) 
1st halt 
Luster Bros 
Williams A Clark 
•Donna Darling Ce 
Burna A Lynn 
4 Bellhops 


Selblnl A Albert 
Melroy Sis 
Redmond ft Wells 
Moody A Dnncan 
Freda ft Anthony 
Land o( Fantaala 


(Oklahoma apllt> 

1st half 
Anderson & Yvel 
Bowman Bros 
Raymond Bond Ce 
Bob Willis 
Skelly A Helt RsT 


LeFleur A Portia 
Bison City 4 
Anderson A Tvel 
Frank Devoe 
Gus Fowler 

2d hair 
Curtis Best Frienda 
Stevsns A Bninalle 
Gilbert Wella 
Qua Fowler 



Watch for the Comhinationf 

SMAKK '■"^ BRO, 

isd 47tli 

nirsallaa Jaaaph Plnnker 

Rngsas O'Neill's Great American FUy 



Senna and Webber 


Deimar's Fighting Lions 





Wdtch for the Comhinationf 



Watch for the Combina^nf 




Send Photographs, Full Particulars and State Lowest Salary. 


Snccessors lo F. M. Barnes, Inc., I'niled Fain Booking AssocIatleB 

Thunday, December 6, 1923 





i hanka to Mr. BeaUy, American Theatre, San Joae, Cat., ^or a dandy time at hia theatre. "Not forgetting all the hoya there." 



(Continued from page 8) 

good Mutual show and keep within 
the Umitat'ons of the guarantee the 
circuit gives producers. 

For the "Bund Box ^evue" is a 
Bood show. Ciood for the Mutual — 
as good as the best on that wheel, 
and It's to be remembered the Mu- 
tual has flashed more than one thi* 
season that has been considerably 
better than a couple of Columbias 
that have cavorted hereabouts. 

It's comparatively clean for a sec- 
ond AVheel opera, and there's a no- 
ticeable and praiseful minimum of 
over-done veterans in the matter of 
comedy bits. 

The scenery is good, too. Any 
kind of scenery ordiniirJly is good 
for a Mutual, but this stuff looks as 
If it had been painted for par- 
ticular show, and there's quite a bit 
of it. with a pleasing contrast in the 
color arrangements. " 

There appears to have been a 
shortage of chorus girls at the bo- 
ginning of the season, and after 
looking over a few of the shows of 
both wheels, big and little, the tales 
of how the producers advertised for 
choristers and grabbed waitresses, 
chamber maids^ and gals from the 
chewing gum factories right and left 
are readily believable. 

But S. W. Manlieim. Inc., operat- 
Ijig out of Cleveland, don't take 
much stock in "chorus girl short- 
age" scare stories, or probably the 
chorus gals around the Queen City 
hadn't heard they were part of n 
shortage, for the "Band Box Revue" 
producers h.ave gotten together a 
great ensemble of wild women — wild 
and young — and brimming over with 
energy that explf^ded in barrages of 
shimmying, wiggling and strutting 
cojitortlons that were the ducks 
quack, the pig's bristles and the 
lion's roar and any other kind of a 
noise the menagerie can produce. 

So the background was all set for 
a good show with a production, 
chorus and material, and every- 
thing was going to be Jake if the 
cast and principally the lending 
comic was o. k. And they were and 
are. Mitty De Vere Is the featured 
principal, and he's a wise selection 
by Manhtim, Inc. He uses an ac- 
cent Uiat suggests Celtic ancestry 
and a make-up that recalls the old- 
time tintype pictures of dudes of 
the early eighties. De 'Vere can 
dance, has a pleasing singing voice 
and, most important of all, he's 
funny without botng forced or ob- 
streperous. He effects his comedy 
points with and surety, and, In 
a word. Is a competent burlesque 

The second comic is Harry Levlne. 
He does a modern Hebraic type and 
makes it consistently amusring. He, 
like De Vere, also works with ease 
and a likeable repression, and his 
performance i.s thoroughly legit- 
imate throughout the show. A bari- 
tone voice that holds a wealth of 
resonant tunefulness with & high 
register that gives it a robust tenor 
quality Is an asset of value for Le- 
vlne. Furthermore, he knows how 
to deliver pop songs in a way that 
gets them over to the last row. 

In the matter of principal women 
the troupe is extremely fortunate. 
Mildred Austin, the prima donna, 
has a cofltralto voice that many a 
vaudeville single of the top notch 
rank might envy. It's full of color, 
vibrant and well controlled, and the 
sort of vocal organ that is a pleasure 
to listen to. What Miss Austin can 
do to a ball.'id is plenty. The hard- 
boiled Olympians paid rapt atten- 
tion every time she vocalized, and 

With two 
a second 

voted Miss Austin roaring measures 
of approbation. 

Mildred Cozierre also has a voice 
suited for rags and blues which she 
warbles with distinction and a pene- 
trating individuality. A jazzy south- 
ern ditty with snappy couplets was 
wonderously well done by Miss Co- 
zierre among several numbers, and 
it he:d up the show for an uncount- 
able number of encores. 
And Still they come, 
star women leads in 
wheeler It's unheard of to hive a 
third. But she's there, all right, 
and forty ways in the person of 
Frankie Moore. Miss Moore does 
splits and cartwheels with the agile 
grace of a Tiller graduate. Also 
does numbers unusually, stopping 
the show with one "Do It Again." 
frcm one. of the recent musical 
shows, and making the gang applaud 
for more until they had '.jiisters on 
their hands. 

Anne Darling, the fourth of the 
quartet of women leads, like the 
others, easily qualifies as a first 
division soubret. Pony sized and a 
lively stepper, Miss Darling made 
things hum every time she got into 

I'aul Ryan, the straipht man. 
sings pleasantly, and Joe Lurgo. 
juvenile, also vocalizes tunefully. It's 
the best singing show undoubtedly 
that has hit thi Olympic In a Hock 
of sea.sons, both individually and in 
the ensemble singing, which boasts 
of first rate harmony and hefty vol- 

A military .«kit in the flrst half, 
called "Somewhere in France," was 
a departure for any liurle.sque show. 
Composed of realistic army stuff 
that will be an immediate wow with 
any ex-service man .ind a decidedly 
entertaining and amusing skit to 
anyone, whether having served in 
the army or not. the little war epic 
is an innovation that reflects -credit 
on the show. 

There's more than enou.Th comedy 
to keep the laughs moving with a 
high frequency speed, and the spe- 
cialties are real ones, featured with 
talent and marked with genuine en- 

Business was capacity at the 
Olympic Tuesday niRht. Brll. 

tion of 27,000, and it la the latter 
that has caused many k showman 
in the States to cast ycarnine eyes 
this way. 

Talk is heard of negotiations for 
a now cxhibitlting company, and for a dramatic stcjck — both from 
New York — when the new theatre 
is completed. A superficial survey 
prompts the thought that this new 
theatre, which Is to seat 1100, Is a 
product of sentiment rather than 

Despite the pessimistic forebod- 
ings of those "in the know." one 
American has cast the die for an 
immediate trj'out. A carnival com- 
pany has been booked for an In- 
deflnite engagement. The company 
is to pail from New York in time 
to open Christmas eve. Its TortuncL 
will be more carefully observed by 
a Lit of showmen than is ordinarily 
the CMKo for the results achieved by 
this . comp.nny will undoubtedly 
tell the story of Bermud.Vs recep- 
tivity towards American offerings. 


Studio of Dance 

46 West S7th Street. New York 
Phone Plaza 7635 


(Continued from page 3) 
off one at each end of the circuit. 
These programs consist of a news 
reel, serial and feature, or feature, 
magazine and travelogue. With the 
exception of the Colonial the halls 
are all upstairs affairs that seat 
around 250. 

Kaplan makes his pivotal spot 
Mechanics' Hall, an ancient and pic- 
turesque upstairs auditorium inihe 
very heart of Hamilton's business 
and hotel center. He operates there 
tlvc nights a week and in addition 
plays St. Georges, Trospect, the 
Dock Yards, and Somerset. Like 
his opposition, he makes no attempt 
to provide music other than a piano. 
One shilling sixpence and two shil- 
lings corresponding in a general 
way to 35 and 60 cents, are the pre- 
vailing prices. 

21,000 Population 

The handicap under which these 
men labor Is Increased by the fact 
that of a total population of 21,000 
TOUls 13,000 are negros. The latter 
are accorded every privilege enjoyed 
by the whites and are good amuso- 
nunt patrons, but the laborine ele- 
ment doos not earn wages th. c per- 
mit of frequent indulgence in such 
luxuries. There is a tourist popula- 


«4» t% SSth t>t. N I 
fhonr FItr Rot aS44 



iCr>ntlnuod from page 7) 
also ihat she Is able to pay counsel 
The motion for alimony and counfiel 
fees is denied." « 

Judge Herman Joseph Is Mrs. 
H.TTt's latest counsel, with Town- 
send Kcudder and George Morton 
Levy representing Hart, who, to 
quote the .a(Ild.avlts in part, "denies 
thy allegations of cruel and Inhimian 
treatment and denicfi that he H liv- 
ing with Adele Forrest as his wife, 
or that the latter holds herself out 
a.s his wife with his consent or 
knowledge, nor does ho flaunt any 
meretririoiis relatlonwKip with said 
Allele Forr&^t." 

Mrs. Hart's familiar allegations 
regarding her husband's Douglaston. 
L. I., home figured m this latest suit. 
Fhe is receiving $75 a week under a 
separation agreement since 1917 
since which time Hart alleges he 
paid her J50.000. 

An al)."-olute divorce suit that Mr 
HarL .s^art.ed subsequently was later 
aliandoned, although she was award- 
ed $125 weekly temporary alimony. 
It wa.s given up Just before its trial 
was reached. Mrs. Hart states In 
her affldnvits that "the reason I 
did not continue with the divorce 
suit was that I did not propose to 
give the defendant herein his lib- 
erty to enable him to marry a 
Woman with whom he has been liv- 
ing in meretricious relationship and 
who had taken him away from me." 
The Harts married Jan. 3, 1903. 
This suit was started Jan. 6, 1922. 
on grounds of cruelty. Mrs. Hart 
alleged that her husband ownV real 
and other properly worth $750,000 
and has an Income of $1,000 a week 
The Hart-Kclth suit Is quoted, 
with the agent's allegations the 
vaudeville circuit had been roeponsl- 
ble for curtailing his heretofore 
large Income. Replying to this. 
Hart merely states the action la still 
pending, awaiting trial. 

Hart's counter-affldavlta were to 
the effect that his buslne.sfl suffered 
materially since he started building 
up n new field other than the vaude- 
ville bookings. He sets forth the 
film <a.«tinK was a flop and the pres- 
ent .stunt of production casting In 
not on a jiaying b.asis, and for this 
year, up to Oct. 31. 1923, has rep- 
resented a loss of $4,S48.23. Ho also 
quotes other figures to disprove hia 
wife's .' taterrent of a Large income, 
th.nt his net Income in 1920 was im- 
■ ler 111. non; in 1922. $4,491.78. Als.. 
that -Mrs. Hart owns $5,000 W(irih (if 
real (vtile; $20,000 In jiwelry: a 
ilu|il(«x .ii'.'irtment .it 130 West .OTth 
sire, t, .ird a Renault car. 

They were still willing to «ro 
through with the deal If the De- 
partment of Public Welfare would 
guarantee their expenses for three 
weeks starting Dec. 2$ at the 104th 
Hefeiment Armory, where It waa In- 
tended to hold the mammoth Indoor 
show. This would mean an approxi- 
mate $20,000 to $30,000 weekly guar- 
antee over $60,000 for the three 
weeks, which Coler has no authority 
to do. The city cannot guarantea a 
nickel to any such venture.., , 

It was hoped the circus would J>e 
a huge entertafhment. The chair- 
man of the Central Trades and La- 
bor Council Is offlclally connected 
with the Welfare Department, and 
hla lining up of the Labor and 
Tradeiw:o-operatlou almost cinch- 
ed It. ^ 

Hagenbeck-Wallace, or the Amer- 
ican Circus Corporation which con- 
trols the H-W outnt and Ave otjiera 
jointly operated as the Mugglvan- 
Bowers- Ballard combination, were 
of the opinion that the 104th Regi- 
ment Armory's capacity was limited 
compared to the show they had 
hoped to put on. They were to pay 
$3,000 for the rent of the armory 
weekly, but would have agreed on 
an increase In favor of the Madison 
Square Garden, which, because of 
Rlnglfng connection and the booked 
solid fight schedules, naturally made 
this impossible. 

The H-W executives state that 
the auspices having been laying 
down on the ticket selling, rather 
a common complaint with such ven- 
tures. Cleveland's business laat 
year was lerrlflc under Shrine aus- 
pices. This year is negligible com- 

It Is almost a certainty that the 
winter circus deal will become a 
reality the Xmns of 1924. To Com- 
missioner Coler It Is a frank disap- 
pointment, not BO much because of 
the flnancial loss entailed (his so- 
cial service branch of the Welfare 
Dep.irtment was t< have been the 
direct auspices), but because of the 
fsc-t h« was anxious to prove a clean 
cut show, condiii'ted honestly and 
"on the level" could make money 
for itself and the auspices. 


The musical show "Molly Dar- 
ling" has been condensed into a 
32 minute tabloid for vaudeville by 
Menio Moora and Macklyn Mogley, 
with a cast of 14 people. It started 
at one ot th« PoU houses this week 
and will coma Imto New York ahort- 


The show In Its original form 
closed a couple of weeks ago in the 
middle west after a fniltlesa effort 
to combat poor business f«« the road. 


Scenery by 


Lafayette IU!>t-.l 

«ASI\(> THK, %TRK 
liliOOKI.VN, N. V. 


1 ('er;l lulled from page 7) 
Welfare Commissioner Bird S. Coler 
p.iiil I lie shiiw a visit in riovelainl 
ami ex|)re»sed himself more tlinti 
s.ilisfleil with the circus, but Ihi 
llagen.ilick rifllcinl.s asked to tie let 
out <»f the .New York engagement. 


(Firot name Is jiidiiment debtor; 
creditor and amount follows) 
George W. Cobb; Arthur M. 
IJo.senberg Co.; $109.12. 

Hermine Shone; lOstelle Leonard 
Co.. Inc.; $670.35. 

Charles W. Groll; N. Y. Title & 
Mort. Co.; $1,297.42. 

Loe Kraus; W. Shilling; $1,144.92. 

Daniel W. MoCrea; Thomas 
Healy, Inc.; $163.30. 

Reginald Wards and Wards, Inc.; 
B. Altman & Co.; $610.20. 

Mastodon Film*, Inc.; E. Kurd, 

Robert Levy and Lafayette Play- 
ers Corp,! J. Finn; $1,591.50. 

Same; same; $2,116.50. 

Same; same; $1,953.04. 

Edward Small; H. tk S. Photo Bn- 
graving Co., Inc.; $7(1.93. 

Bayard Vsillsr; Kresa Drug Co.; 

Lock Sheldrake Amus. Co. at al.; 
I. I'olilziner ef al.; $225.91. 

Mabel McCana; A. G. Kraft; 



(Continued from page 1) 
convicted In Oenaral Sessions, b«- 
Ing fined $25. The higher court also 
sustained convictions of Leo New- 
man and Louis Cohn. 

The latter two caaea were arrests 
following alleged violation of a city 
ordinance which fort>ida the resale 
of theatre ticket* for mora than $0 
centa premium. The deciatona, it 
sustained in the Court of Appeals, 
will give the authorltlea full power 
to eliminate exceas premiums. 

The city ordinance waa rvled un- 
constitutional by Judge Roaalsky 
some time ago on the grounds It 
tended to arbitrarily control aelltng 
pricea of a commodity. Ooyarnor 
Miller when he signed the Stat* law 
made the comment that the licensing 
portion of the law was perfectly le- 
gal and, even though there might 
be doubt as to the constitutionality 
of the SO-cent resale limitation, he 
believed the courts should paas 
upon that point. 

Only one ticket agency Is known 
to have taken out a State license to 
date. Although there may be oth- 
ers, Louis Marshall, who la repre- 
senting the ticket brokers, advised 
against appljring for lloenaes until 
the highest State court decided the 

It Is further stated that an ar- 
rangement exists between counsel 
and District Attorney Banton of 
Xew York City, whereby there will 
he no further prosecutions until the 
Court of Appeals sustains or rejects 
the ruling of the Appellate Division. 
The llcensea are provided to be Is- 
sued by the State comptroller. 
Ticliet brokers must also flle a bond 
to comply with the law and not to 
resell tickets at more than 60 cents 
o^'er the normal price. 

Ij-w llearn and Ilattle Lorraine 
are a new cfimbinatlon for vaude- 
ville which will break-in in one of 
tile Keith houses, December 10. 
Frank Kvans' olllce placed the 
team together. 


(Continued from page 1) 
Sunday morning are prohibited. Rid- 
ing In any kind ot a conveyance for 
pleasure on Sunday is punishable 
by a fine and ^all kinds of sport are 
forbidden, if the law were enforced 
not a mill In the state would operate 
or a trolley or railroad car would 
run and most automoblling would be 
eliminated on Sundays. 

Qovcrnor PInehot, who terms his 
prohibition crusade "law enforce- 
ment," has never made an effort to 
enforce the act of 1794, but has 
specialized in enforcing the act of 
1921, which waa supposed to drire 
the saloons out of Pennsylvania, but 
which, so far, has not succeeded In 
doing it. 


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(Continued from piiBC 41!) 
>vith, Suii.'sa'.s baud and reifirlh 
playinB in the Great Kills. S. 1. 
theatre, was fotjnd dead on tlie 
l.iwn of his home, and an invesii- 
C.'itlon was .started by tlic autliori- 

Her love siiTt for JlOO.fliin aR-:iliisl 
Cordon Tliorne of Ciiieano was set- 
tled in coiirr last Tuesday hy .\iai> 
I.VRO. former "Kollies" girl. She 
look $8,000 cash. 

The National Assoei.itlon of T'.o ik 
PublisherH ha.s deelared It will ti(,-lit 
any leRisI.ation designed to ifl<siir 
I heir output. 

Orne Parnzen. t'olf ehamplwn. and 
Pauline (i.iron, screen feature, arc 
In hp m.nrricd. 

Collectors earrj-in;; the receipts of 
I he l-'iorenee. on the I'^-ist Sltle, were 
i-ohhed of flt.riOn hy liaiiilils who 
lioardeii ilieir l.'ixi and stuck them 
up with guns. 

Donald Oallaher. i)laylns in Pos- 
lon, was married tiiere last Situr- 
tlay. his wife heinf: Adele Woi'inseiv 
Hallaliei's div(7n-e TiTilTr nmcn Cnn- 
lield lie ame ahsolule the day he 

Sophie Cahy. .in lOnst Side sale.;- iias wrillen a play called 
"The Fallen Ansels." whii h has been 
;Lec(j^pled on .1 rovalty liasis by Mal- 
lino I.()l)cl, Yiddish .actress. 

Tlio Hemp- c\-riipo 1\]m» nre 
;howitiK al the i:ose, Chicago, with- 
out I'"ederal or State inlerfereniM-. 
There is no Stale law U> prevent 




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their showing, and the IJ. S. agents, 
llehed In a previous till, are making 
no move against the pictures. 

Mrs. Henry Clay Wright, a choir 
singer 80 years old. living in Aus- 
tin,, is to have a ilebiit as a 
concert singer in New York. 

"Across the Street" has been 
taken over from Hich.iid A. I'unly 
l)y Oliver Moroaco for proihictioo. 


(Ccmtinued from ii.ige 18) 
although she provideil opponents 
to lier tiieoriea amone her I'h.arac- 
ters they are made very poor fish 

Kvadne Carillon, n yoimp girl, be- 
comes engaged to Lord Iteginald 
Simplex, a man about town. I-'rom 
a worldly point of view it is a good 
m.atch. One day she t kes him to 
SCO her old nurse, who is the mother 
of n large .and ever growing family 
living In the slums. This woman 
has a friend with six ihildren ami 
a drunkrn husband. Th«'ir lionio in 
lilthy, and another ha' y is coming 
The woman knocks her chililreii 
about to such an extent that the 
newcomer is hot n primaturely. It 
joins live others who have died in 

Kv.adne promptly decides to look 
Into these matters and iiiid <uit her- 
.self wTiy such things aic. She 
,a self-satistled priest ng.iinst her. 
Ijut a doctor is on her side. As a 
result of her "birth conlrol" crusade 
a commission la appointed and 

Evadne and others give evidence. 
The only member of the commis- 
sion, however, who takes notice is 
a doctor whom the fair Evadne con- 
verts. In the end Evadne breaks 
with the Simplex muTI and marries 
the doctor. 

The best thing Is the acting. Dor- 
othy Holmes-Gore gives an excellent 
performance as Evadne, and Minnie 
Rayner i.s tine as the slum woman 
with tlie perpetual call on the 
monthly nurse. Several sm.iller 
parts are brilliantly played. 

This is not the authoress's Tirsl 
attempt as a playwright. John 
Drinkwaler produced a play by her 
at the Hiimingliam Repertory liefore 
the war. 



I.#on(lon. No\". 211. 
The revival of "The Little Minis- 
ter" at the Queen's by Sir Al- 
fred ISutt and Hasil Dean wan 
very much In the nature of n socl;i^ 
event and attracted the "best peo- 
ple." From all Indication.s every 
elTort was [lut forward to make thi.s 
revival one to be long remenilit red. 
A cast headed by Kay Comiilon as 
Habbie, Owen Nares as (lavin 
Dishart. McKinnei as 
Wh.inuuid, Jeayes as the Earl 
of liintoul, M.irii- Ault as Nannie 
and so (in. Then again a Hiveial 
system of lighting was in.'^taiied. to- 
gether witik uniipie stage settings. 
"The entire production was given the 
personal attention and direction of 
iiasll Dean, who is regarded In many 

quarters as' England's foremost stnga 
producer of the present day. 

Despite nil this the revival Is not 
entirely sati.«fylng. MUs Compton 
lacks the requisite "bloom of youth" 
and hence fails to bring to the part 
one's preconceived ideas of Us al- 
lurement. Owen Nares is too tall 
to make an Ideal O.avln and charac- 
terizes the cart as a sort of whining 
pleading Instead of the authors 
conception of him as a masterful, 
pompous .and purposeful individual. 
Norman McKlnnel has little oppor- 
tunity to shine; Marie Ault seems 
to be happily cast, and Allan Jeyea 
extracts all there Is to be had out 
of the Rlntoul part. With one or 
two exceptions the dialects wees 
wretched. This on the authority o' 
a Scotchman who was present at 
the premiere. Even the small role 
of the French maid was handled by a 
wholly Inadequate dialectician. This 
was apparent to every one. The 
much vaunted new stage llghtlnjr 
effects were anything but Impres- 
sive, and the scenery lacked distinc- 

Which brings us down to the play 
Itself. It seems Impossible that wa 
looked upon this piece a generation 
ago as a cla.ssic. Judging by mod- 
ern standards, Graham Moffat's 
"Bunty" Is so superior fo Barrle'a 
"Little Minister" that the latter, If 
produced to-day as a new piece of 
playv/rltlng, would be regarded as 
simply awful and awfully simple; 
in fact, amateurish. Jolo. 


London, Nov. 27. 

When the Everyman theatre, on 
the Hampslead hill, Is not reviving 
Ucriiard Shaw It Is producing new 
plays of a more or leas exotic ap- 
peal. "The Second Round" was a 
piece given there which failed badly. 
It wujj the <work of Ilalcott Clover, 
author of .several j>uhllshed dramas 
hesitating In history, only one, "Wat 
Tylftr," reaching the st.age. 

"The Second Round" Is a bout be- 
tween a monomaniacal seaman and 
Dame Xatute. The death of Tils 
wife In child-birth so affects hi« 
mind he declares war upon life. He 
aspires to the extinction of mankind 
and cnncenirates a hate upon the 
force which produces life. 

lie has married again and his sec. 
ond wife, a wife in name only, pleads 
to him for the love which her physi- 
cal being cra^•p^^. He spurns her 
entreaties and she threatens to take 
a lover. His daughter, too, whom 
he would keep from mating, does 
not resist that force which he Is 

Although the man propounds his 
views Willi vehemen-e and would 
ns(^ violeo'-e to pi-event the procrea- 
tion of lif«*, h» Im do mure ublc to 
stay the cfHiive of eve^ils than he Is 
to inevent (be grass from growing. 
Ills Htrugi'le is hopeless. He is 
beaten aid dies In an apopletlc fit. 

The iilay may be intended as a 
p.irable; it is easy l.i lind HvmiiolllB" 
in the sltiii lions. If^.rf 
InefTective, the theme is unusual a*"^^ 
one upon which the thinker ni; 
ponder. Michael Sherbrooke. with 
out discarding his Oerman-S'iddls! 
accent, gave a powerful perforin 
ance of the madman. 



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Idrlght, and If they are aatlsfled I 
have no kick coming." 

H. O. Hobday, who has Incor- 

^ Derated himself as the Theatre 

i. Guild of London, Ltd., rented the 

r Garrlck from A. E. Alhambra for 

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-^^aot doing; good business, was re- 

^Jjlaced by "Outward Bound," where- 

i,' upon Abrahams applied for an in- 

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upon the ground the theatre had 

only been leased to Hobday for the 

run of one play. A decision being 

Civen In Abraham's favor, he 

•tralghtway proceeded, not to eject 

I Hobday, but to continue renting the 

|l^ theatre to him upon the same terms 

I lor the run of "Outward Bound." 


^hy all the pother? 

November has been an open sea- 
kon for feathered bipeds in the 
X<ondon theatres. During the month 
TledgUngs," "Three Birds" and 
••Our Ostriches" were on the wing. 
^bere waa also the ever present 
'^Ird" bestowed by pit and gallery 
ton first nights when plays met with 
ihelr disapproval. This happened 
frequently for the lives of certain 
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is pestered by, "Flag Days." 8onie 
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ing charities while others are mys- 
terious and In regard to many the 
suspicion that the organizers have 
studied the proverb "Charity begins 
at home'' Is quite Justiflable. For 
the past two or three days girls and 
women }iave been walking 'round 
the West End carrying trays of 
white roses. The trays bear the 
lacend, "London's Strangest Flag 
Day. "We don't ask you for money. 
We won't take it. It Is a publicity 
stunt for the Oriftiths' pJcture, 'The 
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East of Broadway 

Sir Harry ,I;auder is going Into 
management. His first production 
will be a muBloal piece of Scottish 
flavor entitled "Our AIn Folks." It 
will be originally seen in the prov- 

The fashionable amateur society, 
The Phoenix, which Lady Cunard 
fosters for the performance of old 
plays without omitting the rude 
words, because many of the plays 
have to be resurrected out of their 
ashes, Is looking for an actor to 
play "King LeaiT* Shakespeare is 
Bot in their usual line of business — 
his tragedy has been chosen to calm 
the outcry that will follow the pro- 
duction of "The Country Wife" — and 
the chance to play the part Is firing 
ambition In many brea.«ts. At pres- 
ent the Phoenix favors Felix Ayl- 
mer, who took the pai^ of Robert 
E. Lee In Drinkwater's piece of that 
name. "Lear" has not been staged 
in London since Norman McKlnnel 
played the role In 1910, but Leon M. 
Lion has long desired to produce the 
tragedy under his own management. 
He lacks the stature of an actor- 

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requira height. 

"Enter Kiki" flnifehes at the Play- 
house Dec. 15. Early in the New 
Year Frank Curzon will present 
Madg* Tltheradge in Somerset 
Maugham's new comedy, "The 
Camel's Back." For the Christmas 
season the annual revl-al of "The 
Private Secretary" will take place 
opening Dec. IT* 

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"The Dancers" finishes at Wynd- 
hams after nearly a yar's run. It 
will be followed by a Chrli;tmas 
play, "The Rose and the Ring." This 
is an adaptation of a story by Will- 
lam Makepeace Thackeray, which 
was produced in Liverpool last year. 

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Jack O'Connor, of Jack and Eve- 
lyn, died Nov. 19 from tubercular 
trouble. He was born In Liverpool 
In 1886 and made his debut with 
his sister Evelyn In 1903. For a 
long time the act a popular one 
both in London and the provinces. 
Of late the act has been seen but 
little although Its bookings run well 
Into 1930. Another recent death was 
that of Jim O'Connor, Gertie's uncle 
and manager. He was B7 years of 
,ige, the cause of death being pneu- 

Owing to the nines."! of one of the 
principals, the production of a 
sketch, "The Mask," at the Pal- 
ladium has been pofstponed, 
.Sketches and other dramatic fare 
in vaudeville are becoming popu- 
lar once more. Kmmctt Adiuns has 

revived "The Bordfal Boy" on the 
Gulliver circuit; Tounfl Buffalo has 
produced "The Shewing Up of 
Blanco Posnct," and several other 
one act plays occupy Important po- 
sitions In vaudeville bllla. 

After being melodramatlsl of a 
very hnt-iilnoelfd type, film KieiiiniKl 
and a few other things, Lawrence 
Cowan, once known as the "Lesser 
Columbus," Is going In for thratre 
building. His first house, the For- 
tune, is In Drury L,Tnc, and will 
have Dennis Badle as its first ten- 
ant. He has proposals for two 
others and the sites having been ob- 
tained work on tho first will surt 
In the new ye;ir. The houses will 
be known as the Curtain and the 
Hope. Tho new Sthwabe-HaztU 
system of lighting Is being instolled 
at the Fortune which will seat 
about 700. 


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•econd In three weekai I pray to Qo<t 
she may be left to continue her sood 
work and siven Bben atrength to bear 
(hia terrible eorrow, aa thoee who bava 
•een her In one at tbcee ei>rllii knows 
h*w ahe auffera. • A FidCNbt 

re» finishes Nov. 34. and will be re- 
placed by the Griffiths' film, "Tha 
White Rose." This will run until 
Christmas, it ]s hoped, when a spec- 
tacular production, "The Almond 
Eye." will take Its place. The pro- 
ducers are anxious to Impress upcn 
everyone that this is not a panto- 
mime. Wlivifred Barnes will play 
tlib leading part. 

Tho cMIilren's play, "Where the 
H.tliiboW Ends," will again b« re- 
vived at Christmas, this time at liie 
llulborn Eroplra. 

"The Blue liirU" taba-l 

George Bernard Shnw h.ia made 
Kreat headway with his new histori- 
cal play wlUch la written 'round 
the story of Joan of Arc In all 
probability Sybil Thorndyk* will 
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^t Aeolian Hall, New York, Feb. 12— Assisting 
Radio Experts at 4 a. m. Saturday — ^Listening-in 


at Tokio, Japan 

^h* first concert In the history ot 
jfcmerican Jaxz tnuslo by a sym- 
phonic ayncopation band vrill be tield 
>«b. It, 1924, at Aeolian Hall. New 
Srorlf, when Paul Whlteman and his 
l»rcliestra. will be the sole feature. 

Whlteman, credited with having 
■toe&ted a new cycle of native jazx 
rendition, has also established a 
pace that has made possible a hlsber 
'Standard of living for many Ameri- 
can and English musicians. 

Whlteman will assist the radio 
Experts Saturday morning at 4 A. M. 
• la an international radio broad- 
Ibastins experiment from atatlon 
WOR, Newark, N.J. When the Jazz- 
■ (at« atart broadcasting. IjotA and 
lAdy Mountbatten, who were the 
Whlteman players' sponsors during 
their London itinerary last summer 
VriU be listening in at S A. M. Lon- 
don time as will the American con- 
sul In Tolilo, Japan. 

Sunday, Dec. 15, is the final date 
> <• (Continued on page 7) 




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Blnghamton, N. Y., Notes Co- 
lumbia Burlesque Draws as 
Other Entertainment Slumps 

Blnghamton, X. T., Dec. 12. 
With patronage oC the legitimate 
Arama, vaudeville, the movies and 
eoBCert artists showing a surprising 
•lump in this city, and attendance 
at the Columbia burlesque attrac- 
tions showlns a corresponding ui\- 
,ward Jump, editorial writers on the 
local papers are aiming their fire at 
the public t.'i"tc. 

The Bingham ;on "Press" in an 
tdltorial says; 
High-Gradc Plays or Burlesque? 
Just what sort of entertainment 
do BinglianUon pesple want? Do 
they want, and will they support, 
((',ilil.iill.-'l Oil il:i^c.■ 1) 


Tlio per.!;;. -;.'-.!'->« t'K luiifcancc h.i.i 
reached a sl-.;;o ot" Me.«'iIr'?H'0 in .an 
uptow.i v..i;ilv:;:<' liou-^e roiiHiilen '1 
a main ^p«.!.e i;. tlic "loft'oc ;.ncl 
calve lirci.ii. ' 

The iii,im?.>n-,o: • l'.:is ilir'Io- 
matically :.t'fn-.;.ua to abate tii^ 
nuisance l).- Iil.i'iig the foUowlUi; 
sign in Ihe upin^:- tiers. 

"Conserve ;. tiui i;ii>it;i!! We pay 
the actors:" 

Charming Widow - Politician 

Keeps West Virginia 


Charleston, W. Va, Dec. It. 

The newspapers In all parts ot 
this state and Washington corre- 
spondents seem to have a straight 
"tip" that Mrs. Izetta Jewell Brown, 
of Klngwood, former actress, who 
was a primary candidate for United 
States Senator from West Virginia 
on the Democratic ticket in 1922, 
Is to be married. Mrs. Brown Is a 
beautiful and charming widow. She 
has Just returned from an extended 
visit in Europe, where she made a 
study of political and agricultural 

The man to whom Mrs. Brown 
is reported to be engaged is one 
of the state's wealthiest men. The 
Koane County "Reporter" this week 
goes so far as to mention the in- 
tended as "one of our prominent ex- 
Unlted States Senators." 

Mrs. Brown made a strong ap- 
peal to the women voters of the 
state in their primary camtMiign 
against M. M. Neely. one of the 
(Continued on page 4 ) 


Xfw Torlt will get something of a 
novelty in the presentation at mid- 
night on Christmas eve. Christma* 
nlRht and the evening following of 
"The Nativity and Adoration Cycle 
ot the Chester Mysteries," to be 
Kiven at the Greenwich Vill.Ti;c the- 
(C'ontlnued o page 4> 


LexinKton Ky., Dec T2. 

Two Lcxingtim <l".nlf>. the 
Cinten.iry aril SecoTid 
I'rcsbytcrian, are usli\i tho.itn-s In 
wliirli to hold their .•-i.TvirfS 

The I'n sbyterliins li.iVL' tn eilitlre 
but are bulldin? on", uljil' the 
Mc'.hodiftt church wa.« d im".R"'I by 
lire se\(ial day.s ^^;n. Tri' Mitlio- 
di.Hls occupy the Strand, a iiUtiire 
hou."o, Willie the I>re«h; It-rian^ tisc 
the Bin A'i theatre, vaudt •,ll!e 



Leadinc Picture Producer!, 
Fiaany ia Revolt Ac*uist 
Cranks Who Run City, 
Warn of Coming Exodus 
—City Uncrateftd to In- 
dustry That Has Given It 
Millio ns F risco Bids for 


San Francisco, Dec. IZ. 

The "Ijong Hairs," or blue law 
element ot Los Angeles, which put 
over the 12 o'cloclc curfew law and 
made it sticlc, have driven the An- 
nual Wampas ball to this city. 

The Waimiiag, the Western Asso- 
ciation ot Motion Picture Adver- 
tisers, a branch of the A. M. P. A. 
of New Yorlc, sent a committee of 
press agents here to confer with 
local authorities to Icarn If it would 
be possible to dance in this town 
(Continued on peute 1B> 


Equity Made Condition for 
Jules Hurtig — Several Book- 
ings Passed Up 

''Just Married" closed In Canada 
Saturday Jules Hurtig producer, 
wanted F}qulty to agree to a tech- 
nical closing for two weeks prior to 
Christmas. The latter was agree- 
able providing Hurtig would guar- 
antee 10 weelts for the players after 

Hurtig closed the show fortlyi'lth 
cancelling several stands that h.'id 
been booUed for the current week. 


Lo.s AnKfli-H, J> I 1 'J. 

Ijinooin J. «.MrIer icsifn'^cl ITtyr 
PLir;!tion. v.'itli tlie l-'i-.x .-tudiuy. 

AIMuKigh i.Mil<^r ciinlract, Lincoln 
J, decidi-d t" ti"^t. .T( there w.m nut 
enough iloir ~ around the pl;ue I" 
keep hl'n bu^y. 



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Lawrence Grant Obliged to Sue Geo. M. Cohan — 
Added Clause E«|uity'a Excuse — Grant No **Y^m- 
Among Equity Member* 

Feiiei^ BiD of Control 
for All AmHseneflU? 

Washington, Dec. 18. 

A bill t* control admission 
price* for theatres and all other 
forms of amusement* may be the 
direct result of Pr«*ident Cool- 
idg*'* proposal that the admis- 
sion tax be repealed. 

Th* President's message on 
th* subject of taxes, with a con- 
siderable section of Congres* op- 
posed to reduction, has focusaed 
the attention of the Hous^ on 
amusements and, instead of get- 
ting the relief the President rec- 
ommends, they may be n<ade the 
"goat" for a new form of revenue. 

Discussion around the Capitol 
reveals that a powerful group 
of Republican* ia seriously in- 
clined to a law for control of 
amusements and, in view of th* 
recent decision by the Supreme 
Court that motion picture* are 
intarstat* trad*, the sam* con- 
(truction probably would be put 
upon all form* of amus*m*nt. 
Many lawy*r* who *|Mcialisa in 
theatrical bu*in««s b*li*v« that 
th* decision •• d*t*rmin«*, avan 
though only motion picture* w*r* 
mentioned in it. 


Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., is said to 
have been signed up by First Na- 
liunai for a series of four plciur^B, 
to be made under the supervl.s*9n 
of Lawrence Trimble. Tiie latter 
has recenti/ made a producing con- 
tract with the eame company, they 
lo finance his pictures. 

The starring period of young 
Doug with Famous ended with his 
(Continued on page 4> 


Waehlnglon, Dcr. 18. 

That tKe CliincHe game Mahjoii;.-;: 
h<- liiKen a great hold on Amer- 
icans Is demonstrated when a ttud.v 
of the Import llgiireH from Shanghia 
is iii.'iile. 

M;iliJoiii;g sel.i v.iUi'd at $?i9.R3:! 
were Imported in the first nine 
montlMi of Ihe present year, wlil-h 
is an increase of .l.t pt r cent, over 
the like period In im. 

Altboush an Equity member, 
Lawreno* Grant waa refused an 
Kqulty arbitration by the actora' 
organization. Equity electing to 
sidestep the isaue becauae the con- 
tract with Oeorge M. CohAn (or the 
Chlcaco oooipany ot "So Thi* I.s 
London!" bA> one typewritten etatiBe 
appended to it. Otherwise it was 
a standard printed form of Bqulty 

A* a result, after the various de- 
lays, Grant haa been forced to tore- 
go the opportunity ot arbitrating 
a strictly profea«lonal question be- 
fore a professional tribunal. ThU 
week he Instituted, legal action la 
the New York Supreme Court 
against Cohan to recover |8,l00 
salary due at $300 a week. 

The bare cause for action sets 

forth Grant signed a contract with 

Cohan Oct. 26, U22, and that he 

commenced his employment Nov, 

(Continued on page 4) 


Racing Car Maker Former 

Minstrel— Appeared in 


Kansas City, Dec. 1!. 

A seven -year-old adopted son has 
Inherited th* |400,00« •etate of 
George L. Wade, racing car manu- 
facturer and former minstrel man 
and vaudeville performer, killed on 
the Los Angelea Bi>eedway Thanks- 
giving Day. 

The will was made Nov. 21, the 
day before Mr. Wade started for 
California, was Died for probate 
hero and provides that the entire 
estate after a few bequests have 
been deducted shall go to George L. 
Wade, Jr., when the boy becomes of 
age. ' 

Henry B Khea, an old friend ot 
the deceased, was named as admln- 
Istrator of the estate and guardian 
of the lad. He was given a mort- 
gnpre on a valuable piece of rrat 
estate, a. I'uckard touring car and 
(Continued on page R) 


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Wm. Wycherley's 200.Year Old Play 
Dialog — Considered Most Bawdy 
Any Language 

Revels in 


l«ndon. P*fi. 12. 

What Continental opera was to 
liondon before the war, the Phoenix 
ia today. The Sunday night per- 
formances It gives of old plays are 
attended by the distinguished 
people of Roclef)', art, music and 
letters. They are attracted by 
their Interest In the drama and by 
the exceptional merits of the act- 
tag. They may also be attracted 
by the reputation the Phoenix en- 
Joys of omitting no words that are 
commonly considered Indecent. 

Therefore the Phoenix Is famous, 
If not notorious, already. But the 
•ensatlons It has caused In the past 
will be nothing to that occurring 
when they rtiortly revive William 
Wycherley's "The Cotintry Wife," 
which has not been acted for about 
100 years. As It Is considered to 
(Continued m pa-^r H) 


Dancer Has Enough Narva and 
Money to Play "Camilla" in Paris 

Paris, Dec 5. 

Ida Rubinstein has asRumcd the 
leading role In Alexandre Dumas- 
flls' popular 6-act melodram.a "La 
Dame aux Camclias" at the Theatre 
Sarah Bernhardt. It was the fav- 
orite role of the great tragedienne 
at whoso house the play was again 
revived last week. 

It took an enormous amount of 
courage for a stranger like Ida Ru- 
benstcln to a.ssume the part of 
Marguerite Gauthlcr, the lady with 
the camelias aft^ Sarah Bernhardt 
had played it so often and up to a 
short time before her death. 

Mme. Hubinstein la not lacking 
the couraKe and a good financial 
backing. She had scenery painted 
for the revival and surrounded her- 
self by a creditable cast. 

Ernest Ferny Is Armand Duval. 
The costumes are of the period oi 
Dumas and the proiUirtidn is of the 
hlfihcst order, thnnl<H to the gener- 
osity of the lading lady. 

If only Ida had allotted herself 
the title of it would be 


Seasonable Attractions Re- 
placing in London Houses as 
Holidays Approach 

London, Dec. S. 

With the approach of Christmas 
mostly everything 1« coming off to 
make way for seasonable ahows. 
"What Money Can Buy," at the 
Lyceum, "At Mrs. Beam's" at the 
Royalty, and "KatlnRa" at the 
Shaftesbury, all finished December 
1, while "The l.ast Warning" at 
the Comedy, "Enter Klkl," Play-, "Head Over Heels," Adel- 
phl, "The Dancers," Wyndham's, 
"The Merry Widow," Daly's, "Stop 
Flirting," Strand, and "The Beg- 
gar's Opera" at the Lyrlc-Hanuner- 
0inith, are doomed. 

Several have had very good' runs. 


Big Revue by New Manage- 
ment of Cigale — De Bouhel- 
ier's Play at Ambigu 


I'ari.-s, Dec. 12. 
An Interesting exposition of 
works of art, executed by tlio- 
atrieal folk.s, beirf; the .seroiid the- 
atre salon, Wiis recently opened by 
the Minister of line Arts and 
Luoien Gultry. There arc paintings 
by Saeha Gultry, the late Mounet 
Sully, Henry Hataille and Sarali 
Hcrnhardt, Roscnlierg. Madeleine 
Sorla, L. Fuslcre, O. Signoret, nip, 
Louis Verneull, Muratore. Abel 
RuM, Klstcmacekers, M. Uemie- 
qiiln; art objects by I'.irisys, Spi- 
nelly. Thi.-) exhibition by stage 
luminaries will remain open a tort- 
night, being under the personal di- 
rection of Arqullllcr, actor. 


London, Dec. J 2. 

Metro's "Scaraniouclie " was en- 
thusiastically received upon Its ' 
premiere at the Tivoli Monda.v. An ! 
Innovation in effects was tried in | 
the various mnlj scenes by h.ivitig ' 
the human voice element predomi- | 
nate, but it prov«<l unconvincing 
and vill pn bahly be eliminated 
from the i)resentation. 

.Metro s name is now placed In 
electric lights on the Tivoli for tlie 
first time. 


I/Ondon, Dec. 12. 
— The PHlladtum pantomime. "Dn-k j 
'Wliittington." will be produced by i 
Albert do Courvillc cm Cliristioas , 
Kvc. Clarl' Majiic will bo the 
principal b,,y, Hilda (ilyder the | 
principal girl, Harry Weldon and 
Nellie Wallace wil. fill the leading | 
comedy roles, and Fred Whittakcr 
will be the tat. 

Paris, Dec. B. 

Among the productions due this 
month Is a big revue at the Cigale, 
announced by the new management, 
Nancey and Max Viterbo as entitled 
"Montre mol ton coQuellcot" In 
which Marguerite Carre (wife of 
the co-manager of the Opera 
Comlque). Louise. Ballhy, Mado 
Xlinty, S.irah Rafale, DJenny and 
Lys.nnti.a .are listed. 

At the Theatre des Arts "La Fille 
Perdue' will shortly be replaced by 
"L'lngrat" by Maurice Magrc, with 
the former picture star, Levesque, 
In the lead. 

"La Fccrie Amoureux" by St. 
Georgv.T do Bouhelicr will be 
mounted at the Ambigu; "La Fern me 
a liarbc" by Vves Mirando and 
Geroulo at the Scala; "Brin 
d'Amour" farce by Mouezy-Eon and 
Fontanes at tho Dejazet; "L.a Mai- 
son Natale" by Jacques Copeau at 
(Continued on page 40) 


Dennis Neilson-Terry Unconvincing 
at Coliseum 

Sarah Bernhard's Secretary Dies 
Paris, Dec. 12. 
Emlle Dcschamps, who accompa- 
nied the late Surah Ik'rnhardt as 
•ecretary on her tours, passed away 
aft^r a long at Salies de 
Batah iJVanca, 

London, Dec 4. 

The chief thing In the Coliseum 
program this week Is Dennis Neil- 
son-Terry In a one-act play by 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, entitled 
"The Crown Diamond; or A Night 
With Sherlock H( Imcs." It Is re- 
markable for tho weakness and bad 
construction of the stor.v and for 
the Invertebrate playing of Nell- 
son-Tcrry as the famous detective. 

Holmes is eng.iged In solving the 
mystery of a missing crown diamond 
and in the course of the adventure 
is tttt upon by a master criminal 
and .'i hooligan. A dummy plays 
an Important part and tho end 
comes when Holmes, following a 
"black out," takc.i the dummy's 
place and covers the villains with 
a revolver. 

With the exception of the "star." 
who Is tho most unconvincing 
Holmes ever seen, tho players are 
caiiital. Jefferson Gora Is good as 
the master-criminal, as is Norman 
K'an as Watson. 

Another Item of Interest In the 
program is the vaudeville debut of 
Calhrcen Morland otherwise the 
Countess of Westmoreland. It Is 
moderately certain that without her 
title she would nut have acquired 
so imixirtant an engagement. Ac- 
companied by the Inevitable pl.inlst, 
sho sings ordinary ballads In a 
sweet but weak voice. She is an 
admirable artist for drawing rooms 
or rhamber concerts, but no draw 
In big vaudevill*. 

Two pieces of Ice next season. 




In Partnership on Foraign Produc- 
tion* and on Exchange of 


Major Charles Watney Picks Boston for "Sweet 
Lavender" — British Brewer in Leading Role— ^ 
One Performance in London 


Secretary Denies Many Ru- 
mors— No Intention of 

London, Dec. 12. 

Arch Selwyn and Walter Wan- 
ger have reached an agreement 
whereby Wagner Is to represent the 
Sclwyns over here, also to be their 
partner on Selwyn productions 
made on this side, while there Is 
an understanding on exchange of 
attractions between the two coun- 

Arch Selwyn has planned to 
bring over Jane Cowl In the spring, 
also to put on Londsdale's "Spring 
Cleaning," and will endeavor to 
prejsent John Barry more In "Ham- 
let" to London through an arrange- 
ment with Arthur Hopkins. 

Selwyn and Wangcr may do 
"Poppies" In London with an Eng- 
lish company. 


Private Party Formed^-Anglo- 
Amerlcan Colony Support- 
ing Night Places 

Paris, Dec. 12. 

A private parly designated tho 
ICniLassy Club has been formed here 
and meets periodic.illy at the dif- 
ferent cabarets, the llrst being at 
the J.'irdin dc ma Soeur, where 
Donald Sawyc- with his latest danc- 
ing partner. Marguerite Roberts, 
Thompson Sisters, Peggy Marsh 
and Ben Barrett arc appearing. 

Max Lolivcl and Harry Pilcer di- 
recting the Hector'a Club (late 
Acacias cabaret) havj Mile. Spind- 
ly, Bairy Bernard. Tona Oenaro 
(Argenlino) with Albert Davison's 
Crichton band. 

Irene Hammond Is at the Ours. 
Rue Daunou; Tornson twins at the 
Daunou Club (over the theatre); 
Sid Espero at the Abbaye de 
Thelemo (formerly Trlx Sisters' 
Blues room, now renamed the Arle- 
quln) under the direction of R. 
Kreibe; Helen de Castro at the 
Hotel Majestic; Yvonne Curt.v, Ivan 
Uankoff and Bert Cannon, Cyi.thla 
Perot ad Elliott Tayler, at the Per- 
roquet (Casino de Paris); Dragor 
and Maud Resy. with the Hotboys 
Jazz, at the Hotel Clariclge. 

Fifty per cent, of the patrons of 
these fashi(mable cabarets arc com- 
posed of the Anglo-American col- 
ony here. 


London, Dec. 12. 

Harry Day was the only one of 
the theatrical contingent running 
for I'arli.iment failing of election. 

Sir Alfred Butt. Sir Walter De- 
Freee and Mal>el Russell were the 
successful ones. 


-Paris. Dec. 6. 

Jul** Cartier, chorus leader of the 
Opera Comlque, dieil In i'arls last 

Philippe Daudet, son of Leon 
Daudet. Frcn' h Joiiiralist and critic 
(gmndfion of AI|ihonse Daudet, f,a- 
mous novelist), died In Paris, aged 
IS years. 

Pierre Desroche (of the Dcsroches 
Biana Duo, French vaudeville act), 
died at CourbevoJe, France, last 
week, aged 62 years. 

Mme. Edouard Houplet, wife of 
the theatrical costumer, died In 

London, Dec. 3. 
The affairs of the Actors' Associa- 
tion have long been a fruitful source 
of rumor In the professional haunts, 
but the stories have reached a sen- 
sational climax. It was said the 
money behind the organization only 
amounted to $1,000 and that the 
staff was under notice. These stories 
led to a certain amount of prelimi- 
nary whitewashing by the theatrical 
press, the least Important coming 
out with a sort of preface to Its arti- 
cle on the subject containing the 
lines "Members of tlio council pro- 
test that so far the situation Is 
'purely Interval and domestic' and 
(Continued on page 34) 


English Musicians Should Be 

Thankful to American Band 


London. Dec. 3. 

A little bJt of ill-feeling was 
generated here against Paul White- 
man on the arrival of a published 
interview he is .alleged to have had 
with Karl Kitchen, In which White- 
man Is said to have mado some 
uneoniplimcniary remarks about 
the English, Whiteman repudiates 
the interview, or at least that por- 
tion of It that Is objected to. He 
has sent over here a letter written 
to him by Kitchen Ih which the 
newspaper man assumes all re- 
sponsibility "for the remarks. 

The musicians of England, In- 
stead of barring Whiteman, should 
vote him a laurel wreath. He has 
done more to Incite Interest In 
bands and orchestras than any- 
thing that has happened In the past 

Whiteman It was who aided In 
the selection of tho native band 
^hlch succeeded him at the Hippo- 
drome, and even went so far as to 
assist them In Imitating his players 
as far as It was possible for them 
to do so. 

Paul likea London and wants to 
come back again some day. 


Paris, Dec. 12. 

The lase of the little theatre in 
the Rue Fontaine known as the 
Deux Ma.squc8, which has been a 
competitor of the Grand Gulgnol, 
has been acquired by Gerald Kilcy, 
who will transfer the house Into a 
dancing hall, to bear the name of 
its new owner. 

The h.all may be ready for In- 
auguration for Christmas. 


London, Dee. 12. 
After Josle Heather and her sis- 
ter, Bobbie, lost their w.-ird- 
robe through the robbery of their 
flat, the Misses Heather were tn- 
formed by the police the apart- 
ment house they had located In had 
at various times had every one of 
Its flats raided, each charged with 
holding Immoral tenants. 


Paris. Dec. ti: — 
Tho Golden Cock troupe (Minia- 
ture theatre of St. Pctersbourg) has 
closed nt the Ba-Ta-C!an Is giving 
.a series of performances at the The- 
atre Albert I before leaving this 


London, Dec. 12. 
Meggle Albanesl, most prominent 
of current leading young actresses 
In Kngland, died Sunday at the age 
•o; 24. 

London, Dec. 4. 

The spectacle of a middle-aged 
business man becoming atage- 
struck and linanclng a Icgltimata 
production In which he cast hlm> 
self for the leading role, was on 
view this afternoon at the Prince 
of Wales' theatre. 

Jrtidcr the n:unc of Anthony Gor« 
don. Major Charles Watuey, con- 
nected with the ilrm of Watney, 
Cocmbe & Rcid. brev.ers of Wat- 
ney's ales, prodticed for a single 
performance .a revival of Ptnero'S 
"Sweet Lavender," with an excel- 
lent sui)portliig east. He invited 
the London eriticT^o review the 
performance and pass judgment oa 
It prior to it.s i!rc;;eiitatlon at the 
Selwyn theatre. Boston, shortly. He 
has rented the ISoston house for 
six weeks with an option of six 

Major Watney will lake the com- 
p.any from here. inchuUng such 
well-known jil.iyers as Sydney Pax- 
ton, Leflle Stiles and Ambrose 
Manning, tosdher with a special 
musical director. Frank Lambert, 
for suitalilo entr'acte niu.?io. 

The major has touied the pror- 
inces with the company for the 
past 10 wiek.s. 


Needed Wecli, However, to Readjust 
and Make Ready Show for 
Hew York ' " 

London, Dec. 9'. 

The Andre f'hiiiot .revue prO" 
ducfd for >.'ew Vn!l; to appear un- 
der the direction of the Selwyns la 
.all set but it roiiui'.ed the fuH week 
ending Saturday at Golders Green 
to do It. The Americans said the 
same thing acc)mj;ished In tho 
week here would have been taken 
care of In 24 hours in New York. 

Of tho first 3» numlicrs In the 
Initial performance hut nine remain, 
with sub-titutims for the . re- 
mainder. Beatrice Liille has been 
entrijsted with only low comedy, 
while Gertrude Lawrence will take 
care of tho straight comedy. Jack 
Buchanan will play straight and 

Knowing the^ production and 
could not compare with the Broad' 
way musical show, no effort hU 
been made In that direction. 


In Paris last week: Ernest Schllf 
ling, pianist; Louis Sherry (wh(» 
returned to New York WednefMlay)J 
Mrs. Oliver H. P. Belmont; Ladlsia* 
Medayes, stage designer; WIHIani 
S. Horton, Lawson Adams, painter*; 
Jo. Davidson, sculptor (who sailed 
for New York to hold an expoei- 
tlon); R. Langton Douglas, Eugene 
Gossens (Rochester Phllharmonio 
orchestra); L. M. Czar, Arohi* 

John Heath, pianist) sailed Deo, 
1 on the Paris for a concert tottl^ 
in the United States, to be goiMl 
until the middle of January. 


Dec, 29 (New York to tiondon) 
Will Oeming (Celtic). 

Dec. 15 (London to New Tork) 
Ella Shields (L«vlathan). 

Dec. 15 (London to New York); 
Giis j3chleslngcr (Leviathan). 

Dec. 12 (New York to Berlin) Mr, 
and Mrs. Arnold Nehlc (Geo. Wash- 

Dec, 12 (London to .New York). 
Edward Robins, Dave Bennett 

Dec. 12 (London to New Tork) 
Ona Miinson ( Berengaria). 




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Thursday, December 13. 192$ 



Tkoie Affording $1 or More for Amusement Can 
Also Afford 10% Tax, They Observe— Ways and 
Means Committee Holds 17 Members for Repeal, 

[ and None Against 


Variety-Clippar Buraaui 
Evani BIdg., Waahington, 
I _ Dec. 12. 

Pv A majority of" the Ways and 
Moans Committee of the House of 
Representatives are In^favor of the 
repeal of the amusement tnx. A 
poll of the 2C members of this com- 
mittee brings out this fact with 
the added belief that they f;ivor the 
taking off of the tax from the lower 
admls.slons only. 

The mi mbcrs of the committee, 
be they Kepubllcans or Uejnocrata. 
are all for helping the "little fellow" 
but believe that the amusement 
seeker who can pay from $1 up 
to go to a theatre, can afford to 
pay the 10 per cent. tax. 

Secretary Mellon goes into con- 
ference tomorrow (Thursday) witli 
Representatives Oreen of Iowa, 
Hawley of Oregon, and Tread way 
of Massachusetts on the tnx re- 
duction plan, these members belnrr 
the ranking Republicans of the 
committee. / 

While both the Republican and 
Democratic members have been se- 
lected the committee will not or- 
ganize until the minority members 
have completed their task of af.«lBn- 
Inp Democrats to the other House 
committees. When the llnal or- 
ganization of the Ways and Means 
Committee begins functioning, 
which It is expected it will do the 
first part of the coming week. It is 
stated that the tax question will 
. be the first matter to be discussed. 

Bills fur the removal of the tax 
have been introduced in both the 
Senate and the House. Senator 
Arthur Capper, true to the pledge 
he made the exhibitors of his home 
state, Kansas, introduced a bill for 
the repeal during the Arst day's 
session of the Senate. CongreMt- 
man Sol Bloom of New York did 
likewise in the House. In addition 
to these bills the repeal of the tax 
Is being Included In the draft of a 
bill being prepared by the treasury 
along the lines as set down in the 
8ecretar>''s letter lo Mr. Green, 
Chairman of the Ways and Means 

The House Ways and Means 
Committee k> which has been re- 
ferred Mr. Bloom's bill for the re- 
moval of the tax consists of 26 
members, IS Republicans and 11 
Democrats, thus giving a majority 
of four to the ranking party. 

The poll of the entire membsrship 
discloses ths following: 
For repeal of amussmtnt tax.. 17 
For repeat with reservations.... 2 

Non-committal 7 

Against repeal 

The mjijorlty of the committee 
thus goes on record as favoring 
its repeal with two other mem- 
bers also lined up for It but set- 
ting forth reservations, a^ these 
reservations are not seemingly un- 
surmountable, coutSllng the two, 
gives 19 in favor of the repeal. In 
the case of the remaining seven 
meml>i>rs, each, with pos.sibly one 
exception, disclosed a friendly at- 
titude, only jilaring their positions 
on the committee as the cause for 
their refusal to make an outright 


Chicago, Dec' 12. 

The bronze plate to have been 
erected over the grave of Mme. 
Sarah Hernhardt in France in 
Mtirch h.a« been found to he too 
large for that purpose and it may 
mean that another one must be 

The d^sitcn of the medal v., is se- 
cured by tlie Orjiheum Circuit In a 
movement wliich was widely chron- 
icled in tlie nc'ivspai)er.s and a(l\er- 
tiscd throu^'li Flldes and loMiy anil 
program ' udverlialng in Or uheum 

• The - . obl«in<bt« Instruction a: gufi 




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Washington, Dec. 12. 

William J. Connery, Jr. (formerly 
Connery and L.e.?ault In vaudeville). 
Is a member of the new Oongress. 
Though he Is now a manufacturer 
in Lawrence, Mass.. he lists himself 
in the Record ffS an actor. 

William J. is a son of the original 
Connery, of Connery and Devault, 
and his wife is the daughter of hia 
father's partner. 


Producing It in London — New 

York Will First See 


London, Dec. 3. 

Sj-bll Thorndlke has the BritUh 
rights of George Bernard thaw's 
new play, founded on the legend of 
Joan of Arc, and will produce at the 
end of her An of Henry Arthur 
Jones' "The Lie" at the New. 

The play Is entitled "Saint Joan" 
and will previously be' produced In 
New York by the Theatre Guild. 

Seymour Hicks Is to go on a year's 
tour of Australia In order that lt:ila- 
llne TerrisS^may have the benefit of 
a warm climate to help her recover 
fully from her recent rerlous Ill- 
ness. Her lungs are still weak and 
her doctor advised Ugypt, but she 
preferred AustralLa In the company 
of her husband and daughter. 

African Productions having done 
well with revue here are now going 
in for producing pantomime on an 
Important scale. One of the shows 
will be "Cinderella" which will be 
produced at the Artillery, Woolwich, 
with Frances Davis (Cinderella), 
Jessica Bevan (Prince Charming), 
Laurence Caird (Baron), Talbot and 
Clare (Ugly Sisters), Percy Cahill 
(Page), Effle Bartless (Witch), and 
Winifred Oliver (Fairy Queen). The 
second show which will tour the 
Syndicate Halls will be "The Sleep- 
ing Beauty." with Betty Green in 
the title role; Ethel Holden (prin- 
cipal boy), A. O. Spry (the King), 
and Dorothy Ewlna (the Queen). 
Both shows will be produced by 
Harry O. Brandon. 

John Tycoe Smith, the Manchester 
vaudeville agent, who shot himself 
in the Gulden Gallery of St. Paul's Nov. 22, died In St. Bar- 
tholomew's Hospital on Nov. 24. At 
the inquest the widow said he had 
come to London on business with 
the owners of the Manchester Pal- 
ace. A letter from him Implies this 
business had not turned out satis- 
factorily. On the day of the tragedy 
she received another from him. It 
was written on a telegram form and 
simply said: "No luck. Forgive." 

She .said her hu.'-band suffered 
from delusions and fancied he was 
being followed about. He had an 
attack of neuritis which the doctor 
.«aid was caused by worry. At times 
he was not responsible for hi."! ac- 
tions but his affairs were quite In 
nrdcr. Otto C. Culling, n theatrical 
proprietor and friend of the dead 
man, said they lunched t(>«elher the 
day before and deceased was full of 
life. He mentiined he had a good 
ljufine?s deal on but said nothing 
ns to its nature. 

A .surgeon .«^aid there was a wound 
fin tile right side of the head and the 
liullet had penetrated the skull. 

Thfl jCity- deputy coroner recorded 

a verdict of "Suicide wlilio of un- 
f'luiij mind. 

Claremont's New Management 

The Cl.-iromnnt. i:i.'itli and P.road- 
w.iy. h;in ticen tal;en over on a ten- 
vcar IcaFC liy the Duveen Products 
Corp. N.ilhan M.ichart. pri.iident 
(if the leasing concern, v il! nnri.'ige 
the, which run.s a, iiicturc 


Wm. J. Wilson Presents "The 

Blue Flare" — Carroll Reads 

and Selects 

London, Doo. 1. 

William J. Wilson, erstwhile 
American producer, who has been 
in England for more than a decade, 
is presenting at Poplar this week 
a three-act drama, the authorship 
of whi(;h is credited to Earl Carroll. 
This reviewer does not recall any 
production of the piece in America, 
and it is barely possible the author's 
native country may have, escaped 
its presentation, in which eveo^the 
U. S. A. has probably missed noth- 
ing of great importance. 

Technically, it is not a bad melo- 
drama, its main fault being ver- 
bosity in development of plot In the 
first act. It has much to commend 
Itself to a producer In that there is 
only one set, and six people in the 
cast. Manager Wilson has soured 
Randie Ayrton, a West End actor, 
for the heavy, And Mary Mayfren. 
who has produced a series of dra- 
matic sketches In vaudeville for a 
number of years here. 

"The Blue Flare" is a drama of 
(Continued on page 7) 


London, Dec. 4 

Topping the bill this week at the 
Gulliver house is Edith Kelly Uould 
in a dancing act. Both her act and 
personal dancing are without any 
exceptional charm. Her partner, 
Charles -Brookes, a clever acrobatic 
dancer. Is inttnltely better. The act 
opens with a toy soldier and doll 
number, followed by an exposition 
of highjcicklng. A certain novelty 
is found In the "bustle" number, the 
early Victorian dress arrangement 
becoming detached and doing a lit- 
tle dance on its own. Throughout 
Brookes' work, whether tupibling or 
dancing. Is neat. The Darling Twins, 
v.'ho also assist in the act, are the 
usual couple of precocious young- 
sters, but their contribution is con- 
fined to s» single song of the "Ten- 
nessee" order. 

A novel act is presented by Ben- 
nett and Richards. This deserved 
its rec^tlon. The melodramatic 
openlTig with its change to black 
face comedy is a big surprise. This 
act should b* very popular here; 
both dancing and gags are good, 
and the whole has a refreshing new- 
ness seldom seen In vaudeville. 

De Groot is back and contributes 
an excellent violin act aided by 
piano and cello. A newcomer is 
Karl Jorn, the tenor from Covent 
Garden and the Metropolitan opera Opening in front of the tabs 
in Pierrot costume, he gave a fine 
rendering of a number from "Pag- 
Hacci." Changing ' into evening 
dress. In which he looked more like 
a waiter than anything else, he sang 
"Good -bye Forever" and "I Hear 
Tou Calling Me." His reception was 
very warm. 

Ella Shields has lost none of her 
popularity, and received the big re- 
ception of the evening. Her num- 
bers were new and excellent, al- 
though it is doubtful wlietber her 
Wimbledon number will ever re- 
place "Burlington Bertie" In public 
favor. Krnle Mayne provided the 
low comedy In his usual broad style 
but refrained from anything new, 
and F'red Russell contributed an ex- 
cellent ventriloqulal act. 

Two acrobatic acts art in the bill, 
the Four Flying Corslcans and the 
Osbornes. Ernest Hastings again 
proves himself a capital entertainer. 
An unusual thing about the pro- 
gram is the Inclusion of a one-reel 
Aeaiip Fable Cartoon. 

The whole program worked 
smoothly and, considering the elec- 
tion, the audience was by no means 
bad. Oor«. 


Washington, Dec. 12. 

A new department store In Ilan- 
l:ow, China, that of ths Wing On 
Company, which also operates store." 
in ShaiiKh^l and Hongkong, will 
hnvo a theatre, concert hall and 
other entertainments alongside their 
l.ars;aln counters. 

Two acres of land has been ac- 
iiulred on the main street for the 
erection of the store, states a Con- 
.-ul in reporting to the Department 
of Commerce, the building to be 
i-cmpleted next April. It Is to be 
modeled after the Shanghai store 
:ind will comprise an amusement 
i<fction Including ths ttaeatrSL 


AaetlMr Angle to Norma Talmadgs's 
Historical Pieturs 

Paris, Dec. IS. 

following the Intervention of 
politicians the government has 
Anally granted permission to Jus 
M. Schenck tor the use of the Ver- 
sailles chateau, which was desired 
by him for the filming of Norma 
Talmadge's historical film. 

Whether Schenck will accept the 
verdict Is not known. Previously 
the French cinema Industry threat- 
ened to boycott the picture, which 
la in the making, unless the en- 
tire ensemble of supernumeraries 
were obtained from native studios 
as was also the stipulation regard- 
ing most of the principals. 

The politician:; Intervened because 
of their interest' in the scenario 
which deals with French history, 
and despite the continued protests 
of the members of the local indus- 


I'arls. Dec. 4. 

Athambra — Crock and pirtner. 
Francis Itinault (slave of fashion). 
Cycling Brunettes, Fred Coopei-, 
Paul Bernard, Lea Mogadors, Loret 
Freres, Three Swlftfl, Lena and 
Peggy Chlsholm, Doria's Dogs, Val- 
ues, Jack Delino. 

Olympia— Frate'.llnl Trio (clowns). 
Jane Marceau, Suzanne Valroscr 
(vocalists), .Maurice Costello, Colin 
(comic), Tsune-Ko (Japnneee trage- 
dienne), Plattler Freres, Sisters 
Carre (equestriennes), Alexlne (tra- 
pezlsts). Four Powels (acrobats), 
Albertlnl Troupe, Angels Brothers, 
Galenoa Troupe (jugglers). 

Cirque Medrsno (Paris) — MUs 
Mamie (equestrienne), Fontano Trio 
(hot manipulating). Les Mauricius 
(acrobats), Chocolat et Porto 
(clowns), Harry Carre (haute eco:e), 
EJcIflero's dog.i, Hassan- Trio (mixed 
act), LA Poppescus (seven horizon- 
tal bars), Bowden and Garden (cy- 
clists), Adolfo K o n y o t Troupe 
(equestrian), Mits Ruth Ryle (gym- 
nast). Albert (horse training). 
The Dnrnclles. Jouris et Martlnctt, 
FrateMnI Trio (c'owns), Les Dublai>s 
(novelty act). Titania. 

Cirque Oe Pari* — Koyal Scots (cy- 
clists). Four Lecusson, Peplno's 
Miniature Circus, Andre Rancy 
(haute ecolc), Houcke's Fifty Horscti 
and the Moroccan "Harka." Z^nettl 
Troupe (clowns). 

Cirque cl'Hiver— Rossi's Musical 
Elephants, Cabin IJ (the man who 
threw himself from the sixth floor). 
Kremo, Walter Trio, lies and Lioyal 
(clowns). Plchel and Avorino, Lefl 
Robin's, Jonghe's Horses at Liberty. 


Alfred Lester's Liberality — 

Kessler Opening at 


London. Ije ■. n. 

Olympia, which compares in a 
general way with New York's Mad- 
ison Square Garden, except it 
is larger. Is being transformed into 
a mammoth dunce hall, with ac- 
commodations for 4.000 people to 
trip the light fantastic. The en- 
trance fee will be two shillings and 
sixpence from Mond.iys to Fridays, 
and three shillings and sixpence on 
Saturday nights. ,j 

A restaurant will be Instilled. 


Alfred Lester, the English come- 
dian, produced a new act some 
years ago, which had it in sum- 
cient novelty for America. A New 
■Vork producer, hearing of It, cabled 
Lester asking what he wanted for 
the American right.". Lester re- 
plied: "Anything you think Is fair" 
The American manager used the « 
idea and Lester never heard any 
further from him. Since then the 
English comedian Is trying to 
figure out whether the ylknerican 
manager took him at his "rd. 

Joseph Keseler, the Tiddish ' 
"star," opens at the Olympia, 
Shoreditch, for a two weeks' sea- 
son, Dec. 10. He has leased the 
house from Charles Gulliver. Re- 
cently he ran a season at the Para- 
gon, where one of his productions 
came under the ban of the Lord 
Chamberlain. He has a big follow- 
ing in Whiteohapsl and ths East 
End generally. 

The annual revival of "Charley's 
Aimt" takes place Dec. IS at the 
Comedy, following "The PrWnt* 
Secretary" at the Playhoua* on 
Dec. 17. . ' 


Paris, Dec. 12. 

During the week ending Dec. 8 
there were presented at the Paris 
trade shows ::9.800 rnetres of films 
(compared with iS.SOO^ metres the 
previous week),' relea«ed by Gau- 
mont 7,000 m., Pathe Consortium 
2,200 m., Hany 2,600 m., Aul>ert 
2,100 m., Cosmrigraph ^000 m., 
Merle 1,000 m.. Films C. P. 4,000 
m., Girard 2,000 in.. Paramount 
2,250 m., Goidwyn (Erka) 2,600 m., 
Fox 2,200. 

It was a special Gaumont week, 
three private shows being offered 
for the press and trade on Tues- 
day, with the Tragic Vessel (Sven- 
tHca fllm), and "La Gosseline" 
(Gaumont) ; on Wednesday, "Frigo 
I'Esqulmo" (First National with 
Buster Keaton), "Peg o' My Heart" 
(Loew Metro), and Maeterlinck's 
"Monna Vanna" with Lee Parry, 
and on Thursday afternoon Pierre 
Colombler's "Soiree Mondalns" with 
Andre Luguet, aeroplane flight 
London to Constantinople (Gau- 
mont), and The Comedians of 
Ralph Ince (Loew Metro). 

Ths Universal Mfg. Co. trade- 
showed at the Palais de la Mutu- 
ants on Wednesday despite the 
rain "Avant Minult" (Before Mid- 
night) with Herbert Rawllnson; 
«th Chapter of Ituffalo Bill, and 
"Oh, Quelle Famine" (What a Fam- 
ily) with Lee Moran. 


Washington, Dec. 12. 

A bill to protect American com- 
po.'-ers, playwrights and X)roductif)ns 
through membership in the Inter- 
national Copyright Union was In- 
troduced in C(in(;res't on the open- 
ing day by Representative Sol Hlooni 
of New Yorlt. 

Mr. Hloom |>ointed out that mil- 
lions of dollars arc lost to American 
writers and producers of music, 
plays and pictures through pirating 
in countries where they have no 

American participation In the 
ir.ion. he said, would automatically 
stop this loss. , 

The action brought b« Harold O. 
Hobday for the retention of ths 
Ourrlck having gone against him, 
"Outward Bound" flnlsh«d Dec. 1, 
but reopens at the Royalty today. 

The eve of the production of "Th« > 
Morals of Vanda" at the Kverymait' 
saw Its postponement. As author- 
ess, Hasel May Marshall objected 
to the histrionics of ths leading 
lady. Nan Marriott-Watson. Th»= 
re.iult was hysterics and a search ' 
for another actress. Ths third 
choice, Cecily Byrne, opened Nov. 
29 ♦vlth only a few days' rshsarsnl. 

Ted Trevor and Dl Harriss will 
be the leadlnc people in the new 
Queens Hall Roof show. Other 
members of the company are Beryl 
Bcville, Reggis Andrews and Ste- 
phen Frame. 

"The Blue Birds," which finished 
at the Scala Nov. 24, Is fulflllling 
an engagement at the Galetle, 
Brussels. They return here to the 
Coliseum Dec. 10. w 

Nora Johnston will revive 
Maeterlinck's "Blue Bird" at the 
Garrlck, Christmas Eve, for two 
performances dally. The produc- 
tion will be In the hands of Nor- 
man Page, who will also appear in 
his original part of ths Cat; Ernest 
Hendrle will again be seen as the 
Dog: Phyllis Jay will be the Myrtil 
and Nora Johnston will repeat her 
performance of Night. The music 
used will be Norman O'Neill's set- 
ting for ths original production at 
the Haymarket. 

"A Magdalen's Husband" will hs 
the next prsductlon of the Piavbox. 
This is k dramatization by ESdward 
Percy fn<l Milton Rosmar of a 
novel by Vipcent Brown, tn the 
cist are Megkle Albanesl, Malcolm 
Keen and Leslie Banks. The pro- 
ducer is Basil Dean. The pro<liic- 
tlon will taks place on the after- 
noon of Dec. 11. 

Harold 'V. Nellson will revlv* 
"Bluebell In Fairyland" for a holi- 
day matinee season a.t the Aldwych 
on Boxing Day. Phyllis Black will 
play the title role. This production 
was run as a holiday attraction at 
tho Repertory, Nottingham, last 

The British Broa<)castIng Co. la 
to broadcast Gertrude Jennings' 
one-net play, "Five Birds In a 
Cage." The company Is the B. B. C.'s 
own and includes Athene Seyler, 

Hugh Wakefield. Patricia Brand, 

Trlston Rowson and Fred Groves. 
Milton Rosmer will be responsible 
for the production. The B. B. .C. Is 
looking out foe plays and playlets 
adaptable or specially written for 
their purpose. """ 

Marie Nordstrom's Boors 

London, Dec. 12. 
Marie Nordstrom scored substan- 
tially at ths Palladium. 



Thursday, December 13, 1923^ 


Ray Alleges Lopez Used Mechanical Effect Created 
by Pianist — Damaged Through Lopez Playing 
It First 

Bfiaiise Vinocnt I^opez iUloppillj 
would not abide by a complaint 
biinaij UecltJlon. Huston Hay, ihf 
pianist, staittd New York Su|)rrmc 
Court jMorooiliiiBii for $20,000 dam- 
ages' again.«l the band leader 
through the service of a summons 
on Tuesday. Kendler & t;old.stein 
are llay".s attorneys. 

The infrlnRemcnt Is a "vaudcvilli 
nipchanieal effeet" whioh Kay al- 
leges he originated some year.s ago of alternating the playing of a 
reproducing piano mechanically and 

Kay claims he I.s dam.iged hc.Tuse 
Lopez has played the Keith'.s I'llare 
Ncw-i'ork. and laTten the edge off 
ihe Idea he Intends showing shortly 
at the eame theatre. Uay has been 
a vaudeville pianist for some yeai-s 
later ente.-ing the concert Held 
Avhlch brought with it contracts for 
Kdison recordings and piano roll 
reproductions, , — ■ 


Fay Warner and Eddie Smith 
Become Man and Wife — In- 
structions for Newlyweds 

Des Molne-x, Dec. 12. 

Kay Warner and Kddle Smith, of 
a dfuiciiig learn wltli "Million Dollar 
«iirls," a tab at the Majestic, were 
married on the stage Thursday eve- 

The lercmony was performed by 
Municipal Judge Tom Seller.'", who 
gave the following instructions to 
the new!ywed»: 

■ Don't both get mad at once. 

"I.ct hint wink at n girl once ir 
a while: don't expect him to be a 

• Don't lie seltish. 

*'l>on't h.ave a row viib n»<'thet- 
l!i-la\v; In most case.-- silc'.-^ a gooti 

"Roth have tli" same pockelbooU 

"Share >oiir burdens ;ie well ;is 
your ideasurcs. 

"And. Kd, you an- !o bold lie baby 
at IfOM half of the time " 


Allege Violation Child Labor 

Law — After Amateur Shows 

for Same Reason 

"Kiddle llevues," wliich loorueJ 
up several weeks ago as a new 
angle on the amateur frolic stun! 
in the small tiuic .'ind neighbor- 
hood vaudeville liousts, aeems to 
have been nipped in the bud through 
an edict liaixleil down by children a 
societies of various communities. 

Despite the children participating 
in the«e local entertainments re- 
ceive no remuneration, the societies 
>ave thre.itened proceedings on the 
grounds the chidren are nevcrthe- employed to attract bu.-finess 10 
the theatres which is in \iolati(m 
of the New 'i'ork State Child I>abor 

Amateur theatricals are aleo be- 
ing given considerable attention by 
the Children's Society especinlly in 
Brooklyn, which has been more or 
less a mecca of amateur theatricals 
for years. Church entertainmciits, 
however, have not been pla-ed 
upon the prohibilive list and ma> 
continue without fear of molesta 


Married Same Fellow Twice — Twice 

Chktigo, Dec. 12 
Viiriage to the man twic 
«itb,i. three years has failed will-. 
I'lorence }'.r.'>(ly, vaudeville sinf,l<'. 
due to the fact he was just too 
roiig!) ;uii] brutal. In 10111 she mar- 
ried Tbi mas J. Urady. stage elec- 
Irician. They lived together until 
lli21, nhi-n Hrady got a bit rougl 
beat up I'lorence and thrcali'ned lo 
kill h-r. She came t<> Chicago and 
In June of liitit year Attoincy I'.en- 
jamln Kbrlirh pr^'scnled these 
facts to Judge Thomas J. Lynch in 
the Superior Court ana a deiree ef 
divoric was granted. 

Ilrad.v. ho\ve\fr. lbou:;ltl well of 
his ex-wjfi and Ihougb the court 
ha<I Ii gaily separated them he 
eampbU on her trail until on .lii'.y 
^4, I!i--. I bey were re-married in 
ho-loii. Ibady at that time tn!'.! 
Florence that he ould Heat her 
Willi kid gloves. Siiih. however, 
w.'is not the case, for on .New Vear'f 
eve. INM. in IMttsburi-.h. I!r idy wlio 
came on to visit his wift* who 
pl.iyin.i^ Iheie started In and beijan 
to mop up. lie gave hi I- a giaid 
beating' the papers allege, and iloy 

Aga i n — Ihlirla li u-a-ii i-i!li,.l ii|i,.n 


While at Ihe W.irwlck, Kiookl.wi 
N. y., Nov. s, Jolin Kelt of Hewitt 
and Kelt, doing a cartwh«?el, |)icked 
up a splinter in his left hand. When 
through with the act Kelt extracted 
the splinter and. tis he tbou«hl 
thoroughly cleansed ihe wound. 

A week b l,<>r his band bet-an lo 
give blm considerable pain. He con- 
sulted a dcctorT wl.o discovered Ihfit 
I>art of Ihe spiiiiler. (lene'li atin? 
deeplj, lin<I leni. lined In the wound. 
Inteoting it. 

After treatminl Kelt went Ijome, 
where he rcinaiiied until his whole 
arm be a me inre.tcl .md blood |iol- 
soning f:ct in. lie later entered the 
Kreni'h Hosjillal, on West 23d street 

The Infeclicu became so bud that 
at one time it u,';s belle\ ed to save 
Kelt's life llie ,irin would have to 
be amiuitated. H\i' a baking ju'oc - 
CSS was substituted, the infection 
iidaced and other medicaraents 
a\'ertei-l the danger. 

Kelt wa^ ili.-j'iiaiged from tl:e 
linsidl il Sal'i.liy. but still haij to 
carry bis a; in in a sling. He ex- 
pe-'lM to picl: up bis r-oute 111 about 
two weeks. 


(Coniliiued f.iim page 1) 
20. 1022. He alleges unjust diMiiis- 
sal three days later, iii violation of 
his run-of-lhe-play contract. J,> - 
man Hess re)Mrsenls the actor. 

Acting for Cohan, O'Brien. Male- 
vinsky & Driscoll's afflrniative de- 
fense is that the appended <lauy( 
spec itictilly (irovided that Coh^iii 
bad the option of disniissiir.; (Jrant 
if bis serviiTs proved unsatisfac- 
tory to him. It is a point for th' 
Jury to pass ii|iou at the trial. 

Thi> clau.-^e is Ibe reason Kqiiit.v 
'idvanccd for refu.ciug to pai'ti<'ipale 
iM an aibitiati n. alleging it altered 
Ibe spirit of Ihe standard (irinted 
foi in oC K'lUlty ei.iilract. 

Thl.s point is ImporlHiit, because 
I'^iliiily look .'11 .iibitrary stand in .i 
ciitilract c(uestion that occurs al- 
most dally. The. e ;ire any numbc r 
of jictors si",iiiiig siinilar eoiitraets 
that hav<' one or more ciuoliary 
clau-es iipiie|-,d,il to the stanilaiil 
1". .VI. A.-K;|uily fiuiii. 

und this time he wi nt before .lodge 
^oseph Sabalh in the I'jrcuit Court 
Uilh th;' same eli;irges t.nd obiai?ie<! 
a lipcri'f of divori'o on Dei' 10 


'J'hc Ki nils .Sisters' engat^fiiient at 
Keith's I'alaie next week is leir 
first 111 .'i\e .,cirs at lliiit house. 

The gills, ibe duugliter.i of a mtil- 
«<st banker, lune been abroad and 
U» I'OiK erl in Ihe inleiim. 

Ulallt Is kIb'iWh in I'alUliy I'If.TIt:.-; 

.IS anything but a "yes" member 
He Is currently playing on tbe 
Coast with .Ma>-ji'rie Hambenu. 


D.ive ,S|ainiiei. eiimposer ami 
pianist, has been filed for divoi.-e 
and he will no) deleiirt ihe action, it 
is sa Id. 

Coulp 1« thill li' will marrj J'Jdn.i 
I.eedom. his v.'ioibn ille partner, nev 
.'n the "i-'nllles," 



as Miss Ragtima, Starring in 
"My China Doll" 

Acclaimed by critics as one of the 
most fascinating danccti* on the 
stage today. Miss Bronell makes a 
strikirH? entrance as " Ragtime" 
in the "Land of Music," displaying 
her (lashing rhinestone eostume. As 
!^j^U\ by one critic, "Her pers<inality 
is as sp.-vrkling as her rhinestoncs." 


Press Agent, care N'arlely 



Seating 5,700 — Sellout for Opening — House Scaled 
at $1.50 Top — Stage Is Now 60 Feet Wide and 
3d Feet Deep 



Al Rickard, former ventriloquist, 
severed his agency conn <'tion with 
Mandel & Hose this week and re- 
turned to the sta::^e. 

Rickard and Kthel Grey have 
formed a vaudevilie p.'jrtnership and 
will do a new turn by Andy Hice. 
"Hush Money." 


(Continued fiom page 1) 
p-esent United Ktates S-nitorsI^ 
from West Vir.ginin, and Ihe Inter- 
esting rumor .afloat restirding an 
approaching wedding is being 
wKtched with interest, especially In 
view of the riport that .Mrs. Brown 
might again be a senatorial iMudi- 
dtite at the 1921 primaries. 

Mrs. Brown won fame in 
1920 at San Francisco presidential 
convention when in an e'oqueiil ail- 
dress she seconded the nomin.ition 
for president' of the Hon. John W. 
D.ivis of N'ew York, who was at 
that time 'iinbassador at the Court 
of St. James. She was one of the 
few women to addi-ess the national 

This speech by Mrsi Brown was 
theatrical. Slrt steiijied to the plat- 
form and the great auditorium pipe 
organ and Ihe bands started play- 
in.'T "Oh. You BeuuHfiiJ Doll." 
Waves of applause swept the huge 
building and it was minutes before 
Mrs. Brown was able to Ifit her 
voice in praise of Mr. Davis, also 
a native "est Virginian. 

Since that time she lias U-en a 
political figure in West Virginia, but 
still often pauses to recall the pro- 
fessional days before .'he became 
Ihe wife of the late Con.gressmnn 
W. (.!. Brown, whom she met while 
ohr was playing with a stock com- 
pany in Washington, D. C. Mrs. 
Brown is now engaged in scientific 
farming at Tlingwood Preston 
County, West Virginia, specializing 
in dnirying and corn growing. 

In view of her popularity in the 
stale there is mui-h political thought 
being devoted at present to the 
two conflldlng reports, the i lie that 
she Is to become the wife of one of 
the state's leading ixilitlcians, .and 
the other that she is to ho again 
.1 candidate for the I'nited Slates 

Cochran Books Midge's Ahead 

.I'aris, Dec. 12, 
C. B. Co-bran has booked the 
Batoucheff Mideeis. now in the Ca- 
sino Ucvue. Tor a New Voi k en- 
•^Mgeinent. next 


iConiinued fnm page 1) 
high-grade drama or i'.s equiva- 
lent, or first-class mus'cal produc- 
tions or artlBts? 

Evidently not, unlets the record 
errs. With Mary Garden singing 
to a limited number, Margar ' 
Anglin playing to a relative hand- 
ful, and now a wsU-known- 
Broadway success," with Alice 
Brady, going beggirg at the initial 
offering, the v eek affordt r.ithcr 
startling evidence that Bingham- 
ton playgoers will not patronize 
firit-water stars if they come 

• • • 

In ttriking contra>t wat the at- 
tendance for burlesque, matinee 
and night. In fact, capacity audi- 
ences at a rule have attendad 
burlesque in this city. 

Light Sentence Expected fo.- 

Paul Allen-^Has Been in 

Jail 30 Days 

Both court and prosecutor an 
disposed to take lightly the cliarges 
against Paul Allen. >Iaving pleaded 
guilty to petty larceny last week, he 
Is to be .sentenced today, but It Is 
expected. In light of omdal com- 
ments, that he may be turned loose 
or receive a small sentence. Allen 
has been in Ihe Tombs for over 30 

The District Attorney refused to 
consider as a grave Allen'.-^ 
alleged practices of obtaining money 
in advance from acts with the 
promise of bojklngs and failure to 
defiver. He stated there was much 
about the show business that was 
irregular and he had no doul)t 
oilieis In Ihe ugei^'y Held similarly 
acte<l ill bad faith. He also said like .Allen's should not be 
comiiared with vicious acts such »n 
breaking In and burglarizing. 

Judge ,Mul lueen took a somewhat 
similar view of the Allen case. He 
refused to accept some teetlniony 
against the accused, because Allen 
did not propose to Jtitioduce wit- 
nesses testi ying to his good »'hai - 
ncter. Tbero were charges against 
Allen In a b-jd check case, the youth 
having secured jewelry thereby 
Magi."tiaie .Max f-evlne threw out 
Ihe iiowevei. after tfhad been 
called Ihiee times and the complain- 
ant failed lo appear. Keatllution in 
that Instance is reported. 


Carmella ronselle, sister of Kosa. 
the Metropolitan op( ra star, will be 
one of llie feature.i at the Palace. 
Now York, Jan. 7. 

Herbert .Spencer will accompany 
her at the tiiano. 


(Continued from page 1) 
first picture. "Stephen Steps Out.' 
the company falling to exercise its 
option on his services. 

Kcrtides the reputed First National 
deal. Ihe boy is reported fronU Chi- 
cago as the choice of George Tyler 
for the title role of "Morton" in a 
Pacille Coist c(,mpany. 

T'ne period of stardom of Douglas 
Fairbanks, Jr.. with Famous Players 
was a brief one. Young Doug made 
one picture, "Stephen Steps Out," 
and then Doug stepped out, for the 
producing organization did not exer- 
cise the option It had on the young- 
ster for his services. 

His mother, Mrs. James Eviins, 
Jr,, and the young screen star left 
for the coist Saturday and were In 
the 20th Century railroad wreck at 
Forsyth, N. V, both escaping In- 
jury, Tiny had been in New York 
for several months, arriving here 
iibini: six vveckfi prior to the pre- 
release run of "Stephen Steps Our" 
.It the Kivoli. 

.\t Kanioiis I'l.iyers it Is st.itcil 
.!ki: the \'"!k of joiing P.Mig was 
more lb. in raiisf ictory and that 
lliey were fairly well satisfied v. i b 
the reeption the picture leciiveil 
from tbc fans, but that the oitloii 
was not exercised bcause of the 
"re'rciiebrnent policy" recntly ;ii- 
■iiutiiral <l by the corporation. 

It was William F.lUott who, a 
personal inana'.Ter for Do,!.:,-, Jr.. 
I'laaed — l*i»i — w-W» — K .i nioii n — maort-^s- 

wlien Ii!c youngster .irrlved frier 
I'runce. KlliotI did not come ea.f 
with tb- boy and bis mother. Th"re 
was no- effort made on tin., part of 
F, P. !o pi; the boy over with any 
sort of a publleily camjiaign when 
he got here, so the insiders tlgure.l 
the Famoi.s bad decided to call bet- 
oft with the star with the finishing 
of the iiroi^uctlon. Had F. P 
decided to hold on to him. there 
would have been a sy«t"matic c-im- 
pnlgn in his behalf. 

The Hippodrome, seating 6,700, 
will open under Keith management 
next Monday. The entire reserved 
sections have been sold. The play- 
ing policy wllj be a nine-act bill 
with trimmings, two shows dally, 
with Toy Town in the basement 
open for the kids and grown-ups 
from 12.30 noon until matinee time 
and between shows. 

The house has been scaled with- 
out war tax, week-d,iy matlneea, 
first five rows orchestra 63 cents, 
balance 50 cents; second balcony, 
'-'7 cents. Week-day nights, orches- 
tra, first five rows, $1.50; balance 
tl; second balcony. 77 cents and 
r,0 cents. Saturday. Sunday and 
holiday night pilce-* will be: Or- 
chestra, first live rows. J1.50, bal- 
ance $1; second balcony, 77 cents 
and 50 cents; mezzanine logea, 

The. stage Is now 60 feet wide and 
30 feet deep. 

Over $600,000 has been spent In 
modernizing the house. The circu- 
lar stage apron has been straight- 
ened out «nd the capacity of the 
house increased to 5.770. 

Toy Town, in the basement, will 
be a revelation to the kiddles. A 
number of novel features will make 
It the most unique playground of 
its kind in the world. A complete 
menagerie of dwarf .ininials will be 
one of the many features. 

The opening bill will run "In 
Japan," with the Kikulas and I'yeno 
Troupe, Japanese entertainer*; Ihe 
l''our Diamonds; "In AMclodyland," a 
combination of the California Ram- 
blers. Hrunswick Orchestra and 
Colden Gate Orchestra, condiuied 
by Arthur Hand, direction i .' e:d 
Kirkeby. Bobby Folsom will s.. g 
with the bands. .Masters Thomas 
and Stanley Diamond (Four Dia- 
monds) will dance with the band. 
Al K. Hall, In "At the Stage Door" 
(featuring Stanley .Mack), Fay 
Tempest, Genevieve Blair and the 
16 Hipiradrome Girls, with dances 
staged by Allen K. Foster, will- fol- 
low. Breltbart, the strong man, 
next before Intermission. 

After intermission. Julius Lens- 
berg's Hip Orchestra will play a 
special composition, "At the Hippo- 
drome," by CUft Friend and Walter 
Donaldson. Mme. Calliope Charl««i 
and her 10 children next in classical 
dances. Yorke and Lord, nut come- 
dians; "Toy Town Goes to the Cir- 
cus" (a parade o: the basement ani- 
mals and features across the Hip 
stage); "At the Circus," a combina- 
tion of Loyal's Dogs, Leo Poet and 
Harry Ward, Weir's Baby Ele- 
phants, Irma Ward and Flylnf 
Ward Family. Miss Patrlcola fol- 

The performance w.iU conclud* 
with "Eleysla," a spectacle Intro- 
ducing the "Sixteen Mineralava 
Beauties," Mme. Charlssl and Chil- 
dren, Sixteen Foster Girls in dances 
staged by Allan Foster. 


(Continued from page 1) 
aire. The three short play«i are 
eight centuries old and were pre- 
sented In the Village In 15117. thougrh 
without drawing much attention. 

The plays are "The Sheapharde* 
Play," "The Offering of the Sheap- 
■ lai'i'es" and "The Adoration of the 
.Magi," Frank Conroy will stage and 
appear in the performance as for- 
merly, .Mary Carroll wll! enact the 
Virgin .Mary. 

The "Chester Mysteries" were 
iirlgintilly given at Chester, England, 
and written down by George Bellin 
late In the 15lh century. The mod- 
ern text 1« that of T. Wright and 
piib'islud in 1S43. \arious guilds 
en.-.c;cfi the "mys cries" on Whlt- 
stmilty In the market pliee on big 
wagons and in the chancels of 
chiirchew, ' ■■ 


Myrtll Odvtte at tli. I'.iluce, New 
York, this week, has turned down 
f. rther Keith booliings. It is said, 
due to salary d:freren/es. The 
French girl came over and _.. 
b<inked for 10 weeks without an 

, Musical comedy olTers are suld to 
have Inspired her to raNe the salary 
for future vaudeville bookings at 
the axplratlon of the in-week pe- 


,ttii.-jwi.;;iij^w , 

Thursday, December 13, 1928 




List of Acitons Starting This Month'— Desertion 
Usual tjirounds, but There Are Other^-<-Two 
Granted Their Freedom '^ 

^- Chicago, Dec. 12. 

iV December Is a busy month in the 
t Chicago divorce courts. For some 
unlcnown reason theatrical people 
want to have as a Christmas gift a 
divorce decree. Leon Berznlalc yes- 
terday obtained two decrees of dl- 
j;' Torce for professional people and 
' flied four actions which will be tried 

* this month. 

Martin Raymond Kennedy (Ken- 

f< Bedy and Kerfnedy), vaudeville, was 

4 (ranted a decree by Judge Lynch in 

Tithe circuit court from Evelyn Craw- 

^ ford, also known as Ivy Carter, 

vaudeville, on a charge of desertion. 

Kennedy set forth they were married 

at Knoxvllle, Tenn., Nov. 24, 1918, 

jtnd that on Jan. IS, 1919, she de- 

• aerted him while they were living at 
■ the Niagara hotel, Peoria, 111. 

Judge Lynch also granted a de- 
cree to Almena March Strlze)( (Al- 
mena March, Weston M^deli) from 
Samuel Strlzck (Sam Miller, with 
Blossom Seeley) on charges of cruel- 
ty. The complaint set forth that 
the couple were married in Terre 
Haute, Ind., on Jan. 10, 1922. and 
•eparated Jan. 2$, that year, at Min- 
neapolis, after she had been severely 
beaten by Strizek on three diflerenv 

Filed in the superior court was an 

action by Charlotte M. Gros (Lottie 

Pranklyn), musical comedy, against 

|>'iArthur J. Gros, cctor. The coupU 

were married Nov. 6, 1912, in New 

York City and Gros deserted his wife 

;L.i3r»b. 1, 1916, at the Normandie hotel. 

If Chicago. This case will b« tried by 

- Judge J. J. Sullivan. 

On the same grounds (desertion) 

Ben Morton Rosensweet (Ben Ross), 

vaudeville, instituted an action 

against Bertha Meyers Rosensweet, 

chorus girl. He alleged that after 

I knowing the girl for two days they 

> were married in Atlanta July S, 

t, 1919, and that on July 6, 1919, only 

three days after the wedding, she 

deserted him. This suit was filed in 

the circuit court and will be tried 

by Judge T. J Lynch. 

* In the superior court the suit of 
Gerald Edward Pierce, acrobat 
(Pierce and Paterson) was filed 

"^ aganiat Katherlne Bdrkus Pierce, 
acrobate (Barkus Twins). The com- 
plaint alleges the couple were mar- 
ried in Chicago, Nov. 7, 1917,. and 
that on Aug. 1, 1922, she committed 
a statutory offense with Paterson, a 
Ifartner of his at the time, which 
catised the couple to separate. 

The last of the suits filed was an 

kctlon for divorce and an Injunction 

restraining Sie Tahar Belgassen (Sle 

Tahar Troupe), vaudeville, from dis- 

turlilng funds in a bank and with 

the American Express Co. until the 

Itction filed by Isabel Belgassen, his 

Wife, also with the act, is decided 

by Judge Wilson In the circuit court. 

~ The complaint alleges the couple 

; werei married in Kensington, Eng- 

? land, Nov. 14, 1903, and separated 

• July 16, 1923, after the defendant 
bad treated her cruelly. She says 
they have one child, a daughter, 
Marym, 19 years old, now married. 
The complaint ch.irgcs that Belgas- 

^ aen gets $300 a week net profit from 
the act, in which his wife Is still ap- 
pearing. There are nine people in 
th 1 turn. The court is requested to 
make provision for the division of 
the property of Belgassen at the 
time the divorce action Is ruled on. 


Swears Out Warrant Against Finan' 


Gulseppo Creatore, 703 PaMsade 
avenue, Yonkers, N. Y., Is suing 
the New York "Dally News" for 
176,000 dumnges on alleged libel 
grounds. The famous bandmaster 
quotes a "Sunday News" clipping 
J)f Nov. 4, 1923, linking his name 
with one of the female principals 
In the Cromwell murder mystery at 
Memphis, Tenn. 

Creatore alleges he does not know 
the Marguerite Favap implicated. 


Bobby Cunningham, reuVed from 
the stage seven years ago to study 
law, is tos.slng Blackstone tem- 
porarily, if not permanently, to re- 
turn to vaiuIevUle ^at the head of a 
new t.'iblold musical comedy, "All 
Over Town." 

James Gallagher, stage dancer and 
husband of Agnes Dovey, who con- 
duct the Dovey Dancing Studio, 
caused the arrest yesterday of Ed- 
ward Guber, 36, describing hlmielt 
as a financier, of 42 West 72nd 
street, on the charge of disorderly 
conduct. Guber was arrested on a 
warrant issued by Magistrate SJl- 
bermann in his apartment by War- 
rant Officer Daniel Fleher. 

When arraigned in West Side 
Court yesterday Gallagher asked 
for an adjournment, stating that his 
attorney was engaged. The exam- 
ination was set for tomorrow (Fri- 

According to Gallagher, h^ served 
two summons on Guber, who is al- 
leged to have dieobeyed both. The 
warrant 'was then issued. His sum- 
moning to court followed a business 
deal between him and Gallagher. 

Gallagher ^id that he met Guber 
h) a restaurant in Time^square and 
explained his dance hall project. 
Guber, Gallagher said, promised to 
finance the scheme. Soon after the 
studio was open, Guber became offi- 
cious and wanted to oust Gallagher, 
so the latter declared. Guber at- 
tempted to remove- some of the ef- 
fects and to keep GalL-igher out 
when he applied for the summons. 

When Guber arrived at the court 
yesterday he came in a costly Cin- 
derella coach automobile. He was 
accompanied by a woman attired in 
a brown fur coat that Gallagher de- 
clared was his flnancee and said to 
be the daughter of a wealthy shoe 
manufacturer of Newark, N. J. 


Julia Sanderson and Frank Crumit 
open on the Orpheum Circuit Dec. 
23 at Milwaukee. Each will do a 
single turn and a double to follow 
the two singles. 

After four weeks In the Middle 
West the two acts will come into 
New York. 


Ike Rose, removed from Belleviie 
to a sanitarium, is reported rapidly 
recovering. Business worries cul- 
minated In his leap in front of a 
subway train. 

Rose's Imperial Midgets have been 
booked for a tour of the Pantagea 
Circuit by Bob Baker. 


This is Bonnie Gaylord's final 
week on the stage. She is to be 
married to C. W. MacCash, a non- 
professional of Detroit, on Christ- 
mas Eve ,and will make her home 
in that city. Miss Gaylord has teen 
appearing in vaudeville for the last 
several seasons teamed with Bertie 


Adrian DaSalva, opera tenor of 
Elmhurst, N. Y., last week at Elm- 
hurst to Mary Campbell, of Gallit- 
zln. Pa. Miss Campbell is known 
locally as a musician. The couple 
will live at Elmhurst. 

Jean Sen-Zelt (American Flying 
Ring Champions) and Catherln 
Rettzo in Altoona, Pa., Nov. 20. The 
bride was formerly of the Zamora 
Family, also of the Famous Pa- 
risian Apollos. 

WADE $400,000 ESTATE 

(Continued from page 1) 
$5,000 in stock of the National City 
Bank of New York. 

Other bequests were: 

I. N. Wade, father, $3,000 In bonds. 

Marguerite Smith, two diamond 
lings, a Jurdon town car and $2,500 
In bonds. 

Fred Wade. Peori.a. 111., and Dr. 
Thomas B. Wade, brothers, $1 each. 

George L. Wade was well-known 
in the theatrical and sporting pro- 
fession, having been at one time a 
member of the Ward and Wade min- 
strels and later a vaudeville per- 
former, on the western time. 

Lucky oil Investments made him 
independently rich, and he turned 
Ills attention to the automobile rac- 
ing game, and built racing cars on 
a new design. 


Leading Tenor, 

Wildfjower Co., Cavino, N. T. 

Artist student of 


Nevada Apt., 2025 Broadway, N. T. 

Phone 6012 Endicott 


Loses Second Husband in Divorce 

Syracuee, N. T., Dec. 12. 

Jessie Kennlson Morlarlty, vaude- 
ville, who startled Syracuse a few 
years ago by her marriage to Pat- 
rick (Paddy) Morlarlty, superin- 
tendent at the Temple theatre build- 
ing, h^s won her freedom from her 
Syracuse husband. 

Her independence is not going to 
last long, according to Syracuse 
friends, to whom she has announced 
her plans for an early marriage to 
Robert ReiUy, wealthy Chicago real 
estate man. 

Mlse Kennlson's divorce from 
Morlarlty ended a period of marital 
bliss and amazed Syracuse theatrical 
circles, where it was thought that 
the chasm between the glare of the 
footlights and the murky labyrinths 
back etage would soon come be- 
tween the bride and groom, who 
moved in such different spheres. 

Her marriage to Morlarlty was 
Act 2 in a marital drama, according 
to friends of the stage favorite. The 
anticipated wedding to Reilly will 
be Act 8. • 

Vaudeville Is Too Weepy, 

Says Editorial on Gloom 

Blnghamton, N Y., Dec. IS. 
They read Variety in Blnghamton newspapers ofllces. And Blng- 
hamton editorial writers, like numerous others, find in its columns 
subjects for editorial comment. 

The Blnghamton "S«n" yesterday had this to say, based upon 
Variety's recent story that vaudeville Is shy of comedy material: 
"Wanted: Qloom-Dispsllers 

"^''arlety reports that the laugh shortage seems to be general 
this year. While there never has been an over-abundance of 
vaudeville comedians. It says, the shortage this season is particu- 
larly noticeable. There are plenty of 'hoofers' and singers, spe- 
cialties are easily obtainable, and chorus girls%re plentiful. 

"Comics, however, are in demand. The desirable comedians 
are grabbed up by the big producers, one writer says, and 'no 
one wants the other kind.' Blackface comedians do a Jolson 
with a touch of Cantor. The 'Dutch' copy the mannerisms of Sam 
Bernard. The 'nuts' copy onie another. There is nothing new in 
the laugh-producing line — in fact, there Is no new joke under the 

"The Broadway revues have not been lacking in girls, sets, me- 
chanical ideas and color, but critics have deplored the lack of 
comedy. Comedians with original ideas may be counted on the 
fingers of one hand, and the few who are able to tickle an audi- 
ence are able to command prohibitive salaries, thereby eliminat- 
ing most of the vaudeville circuits. • 

"There can be little doubt that vaudeville patrons want to 
laugh. They are perfectly willing U>, provided the managers will 
give them half a chance. It is quite possible the scarcity of real 
comedians and lack of originality is one of the reasons why they 
don't. But it is possible, too, that a great many theatregoers have 
forgotten how. ' They have heard so many 'blue' songs of late, 
so much sentimental 'mammy' stufiT. that they have come to the 
conclusion that tears. Instead of laughter, are In vogue. 

''Witness tin advertisement in the same publication that com- 
plains of the lack of comedy. It's the most conspicuous 'ad' in 
the whole number, and gives in letters three inches high tbe title 
of the latest weepy ballad. It is called 'Ev'ry Night I Cry Myself 
to Sleep Over You.' The publishers claim it Is the 'last tear' in 
'cry spngs.' 

"Give the comedians a chance! No audience is in a mood 
for laughing after It has been forced to listen to some of the 
present day 'song hits.' " 


Nancy Deckert, currently playing 
Loew vaudeville, must furnish 
further proof Dec. 14 before Justice 
Davis in the New York Supreme 
Court before she is granted an an- 
nulment of faer marriage to John 
F. Baumel. a broker. It was pre- 
viously reported she bad received a 

Miss DeckcK-t collapsed Sunday 
night in the wings of Loew's State, 
Newark, N. J., just as she had com- 
pleted her turn, due to over-exer- 
tion. The actress waa recently 
operated upon. 


Jan Rubini Will Become American Citizen — ^Bedini 
Says Lee Shubert Wrote "Promise Me*' — Other 
Professionals In on "Majestic" 

Arriving on the Majestic from 
England last Tuesday were a group 
of vaudeville artists. Ben Bellclair 
and his partner (Bellclair Bros.), 
who open at the Palace next Mon- 
day, were among them. 

The original team of Bedinl and 
Arthur, separated for over seven 
years, and rejoining in London last 
month, werei also aboard. They 
open at th^ Riverside Dec. 81. 
Bedinl has not yet recovered from 
his disastrous experience with Shu- 
bert vaudeville, and says that Lee 
must be the guy who wrote "Ob. 
Promise Me." Since surrendering 
his show, "Cbuokles," t* the flow 


And 1118 Uarhpr-r>avlt (^rrhr-mrfi 

Tills phenomenal aggregation of VICTOR ARTISTS are making their 
metropolitan debut at this greater Keith theatre. 

Famous throughout the country as the popular dance orchestra, 
not only because they are master musicians, but delightful, naive cnter- 
lainors as well. They couple versatility with real native (.blllty. 

and eUb of Shubert Unltarlanlsm, 
Jean says he has not only stopped 
"Chuckling," but cannot even raise 
a grin. 

Jan Rutrini and his wife, Mile. 
Diane, were also passengers, with 
their two cblldren, Jan and Diane, 
Jr., and their pianists, Yvonne 
Marr. Mr. Rublnl, a British sub- 
ject, is So thoroughly disgusted with 
theatrical conditions in England 
that be has decided to become an 
American citizen and will apply for 
his papers today. In order to do 
so he has refused a concert tour on 
the Continent which guaranteed 
him six weeks at two hundred 
pounds weekly ($1,000) from the 
Hunnaball Cohcert Directors, Lon- 
don, as well as vaudeville contracts 
covering a period of three months. 

Alfred Plccaver, the reigning 
Quropean tenor, was also a pas- 
senger, and another young chap on 
the passenger lift who got "Pleaeed 
to meetcher" from the artists was 
J. Plerpont Morgan, Jr. 


Says Professionals of Colony Club 
Didn't Pay Rent 

Joe Jackson alleges that the fol- 
lowing professionals formed the 
Theatrical Colony <^ub to lease his 
premises at Greenwood Lake, N. Y., 
during the summer, but later re- 
fused to make good the lease rent 

This Is denied by Jack Manley, 
Frank Lennle, Wilhelm Schaeffer, 
Fred B. Real, Charles Avolo, Sr., 
Charles Avolo, Jr., Edward Avolo 
(Three Avolos), Carl Rigoletto, 
Henry Rigoletto (Rigoletto Bros.) 
and Harry Alfred, Individually and 
as members of the Theatrical 
Colony Club of Greenwood Lake, a 
voluntary association. 

The case Is pending In the New 
York Supreme Court, 

LcMairs and Hsyes Separate 
New Orleans, Dec, 12. 
LcMaIre and Huyes separated 
here, after playing their vaudeville 
onKuKemont. PHI LcMalre has 
gone to Los Anceles to deal In 
real est.ite, and Hayes may stick 
around here the rest of the season. 



Thursday, December 13, IMS ^ 


Poughkcepsle, N. Y.. hoa three 
houses playing Independent vaude- 
ville. The latest addition Is the 
Uard Avon, booked by Fally Mar- 
kus. The ot'.ier two are Cohan's 
opera house, booked by Dow, and 
the Duchess, booked by Walter 
Ka r\tf A • £ F — Mal.*__ IJ__J1:_^ A recent canvass of all houses In 

Moss Office Arranging for Everything— Handling „„vn showed a combined capucuy ot 
All Kinds of "Contest Nights"— Radical Innova- • '""' The last census showed a 


tion for "Amateur Affairs 

The B. S. Mqss people will estab- 
lish a special department this week 
that will equip, secure people for 
and Benprally handle and produce 
the various "Amateur Nights," "Op- 
portunity Contests," "Amateur Fol- 
lies," "Amateur Symphony Orches- 
tras," etc., that the Keith-Moss 
houies around tJreuler New York 
are currently utillxinE to promote 
business with. 

The new "Amateur Production' 
department will furnish scenery, 
costumes and properties nccessiiry 
to the shows the jame as if tho> 
were professional productions. Here-' 
tofor© the scenery and accessories 
used by the "Amateur Follies" in 
the Moss houses have been secured 
for each individual production, 
usually from some dry KOod depart- 
ment store In the cafe of costumes, 
with the store and theatre arrang- 
ing some sort of advertising tie-up 
There tie-ups will be continued 
In many Instances as far as cos- 
tumes are concerned, but the "Ama- 
teur Production" department will 
have Its own . costume factory, 
scenic studio, etc.. a» well. ' 

The "Amateur Production Pepl." 
Idea marks one of the most radical 
Innovations yet introduced in the 
amateur night thing. A bureau 
will be maintained also to secure 
amateurs, arrangements being made 
with dramatic schools that have 
promising pupils to give the aspir- 
ants a chance to show what they 
can do backed up by the right 
scenic and costume accessories. The 
"Amateur Follies" thing contrary to 
report. Is still a big money getter 
for the Mass hou.'-es. 

To date there haven't been any 
appreciable number of professionals 
developed from the "Amateur Fol- 
lies" things, but they help the box 
office consistently. 


Chicago, J)cc. 12. 

The New I.yric at Duluth. Minn., 
started playing the Ackerman & 
Hnrrlfj road shows on Monday, 
Tuesday and Wediifsday of thi.'i 
week. The I>yric at ViiTinia. Miiuv. 
which started out to play them, got 
cold feet after n couple of show.t. 
The Palace at Superior. Wis., Is re- 
ported to be doing very well. 

The special shows which have 
been booked for the l.Tst hriTT of the 
week at the Strand at Wiimlpeg, 
Canada, will be disenntinued, al- 
though the flist half bills will 


ProvideiK'e, Doc. 12. 
"Old Home Week," an annual fix- 
ture at the Alhee the.itre. Provi- 
dence, is cardid for m xt week with 
Lowell Sherman appearing in 
"Lawful Larceny." M:uiaKer.s Harry 
W. Cruil and Foster L:irdner h.'ive 
arranged the remainder of the pro- 
gramme to jjjiclude Ithiido Isl.ind 
talent. "TlK^oyland Kevue." with 
a cast of Providence children, is 
also on the bill, as are U.iy Welch's 
musicians of this city. Wa.\land .md 
M.annlnp. Mardo and Hume. Farrell- 
Taylor Trio, and Lawton. a jugKkr. 


strand Changing From Pan Vaude- 
ville After 12 Years 

San Diego, Dec. 12. 
After nearly 12 years at the Savoy. 
Panlages vaudeville will give way 
Dec. 1? to the new "vaudeville unit ' 
style of entertainment, according to 
,in announcement Just made by Scott 
A. Palmer, manager of the hou.'se. 
The adoption of this form o' enter- 
tainment is another of the .lislir.ct 
(hang s In pi>licy that began with 
the giving of continuous perform - 
ajices last Monday. The of the 
"unit' shows will start Dec. 17 un- 
der the ninie of "The Savoy Vaude- 
ville I'nit Show." 

Palmer stated that the unit show 
e.ich week would be made up of 
three high class vaudeville acts and 
.1 big musical act containing several 
spccialiles. The musical tubs will 
be produced by a company now be- 
ing organized, and will be under the 
direction of Sam Sidman. Two oth- 
er come<Iians engaged for the nc.v 
company are Koy Clair and Hyman 
Meyer. Walter Spencer, forinei- S.'^iU 
Diego favorite, also will be in the 
cast. Aiding the principal.s will be 
a chorus of 24. 

Another featured to be inaugu- 
rated Dec. 17 is the newly organized 
Savoy Jazz orchestra, under the 
leadership of Cliff Webster. Suj)- 
plementing the "unil" shows and 
pictures, the orchestra will do an act 
three times a day. 


The Willis Theatre. 13.'jth street 
and Willis avenue, is due to open 
around Clni-stmas time. The hoiiso 
has a seating capacity of 2.200, with 
one balcony only. Jhe policy is to 
be six acts of vaud( ville and a pic- 
ture pro^'iaui. M. A. I'ashin, fur- 
mer manager of the Kll«nure, 
Bronx, will manage the Willis. The 
Consollilated Amusement Knter- 
prises, Inc. control this house. 

The Forum, one block cap; of the 
Willis theatre, runs a picture ]tol- 
Icy. This theatre ie also oper.4tid 
by the Consolidated people The 
organization Is building anolhei 
picture house at the Cir.ind con- 
courre and 170th street. whi<-h is 
due to open early in March of next 
year. The house Is to seat 1,500. 

IKipuIation of 3!>,000. 


Chntt.inoogn. on the Keith South- 
ern Circuit, will reopen 
week. It splits with Nashville. 

Knl. ij-n. N. C. opens Dec. 31 w;t^ 
IliC Koilh bills. It splits wi.l. 


Herbert Standing, veteran stage 
and screen actor, died in Los Angeles 
Last week after a brief Illness at the 
age of 77. Besides a widow he Is 
survived by two daughters, Joan and 
(Jrace, the former In films, five 
sons. Sir Ouy Standing. Aubrey, 
Wyndham, Percy and Herbert, Jr. 
All sons have been or are profes- 
sionals. Herbert Standing attained 
considerable fame In England, where 
he appeared at the beat theatres. 
For a number of years his name was 
a by-word over there. He was quite 
succeseful in pictures, having many 
prominent characterizations to his 




B. A. (Barney) Myers pioneer 
vaudeville booking agent died sud- 
denly in the Hotel Ponclmrtrain. 
New York, Dec. 7. Death resulted 
from a heart attack. Mr. Myers l..-id 
been engaged in theatricals for up- 
wards of 30 years. He was about 
58 years old. His wife survives. 

Some 15 years ago he formed the 
vaudeville agents firm of Myers & 
Keller, with Kdward S. Keller as 
his partner. The firm was di.ssolved 
after 18 months or thereabouts and 
Myers continued as an independent 

During the days of the William 
Morris independent vaudeville cir- 
cuit In 1908 and 1909 Mr. Myers was 
one of the most active agents in 
supplying acts for that circuit. Of 
late years he was Interested in 
legitmate 'iroducllons of the musical 
order and also maintained an office 
as an act representative for vaude- 


AI Kramer, vaudeville acrobat 
and comedian, died recently at the 
St. Joseph's Retreat Sanitarium 
Dearborn, Mich. He was a member 
of the team of Kramer and Ross, 
well-known comedy acro^^ils. The 
deceased had been III for the past 
five years. His brother, H. R. 
Kramer, who was the Ross of the 
team, survives and is in the steel 
business in Detroit. 

Joseph A. McNevIn, father of Jack 
•McNevin, manager of .\Toss' Jeffer- 
eon. -New York, was killed by an 
automobile Dec. 4. He was 70 years 

The mother of Frank, Alfred, Van 
and Mike Malino, died. Sunday, De- 
cember 2, at her home in Brooklyn, 
N. Y., at the age of 66. 

Leopold Kohl«s, a well-known 
Chicago organist, died Dec. 4 in 
that city, aged about 35 years. 

The father of Kddie White (vaude- 
vil;'.) died Dec. 11. 


Omaha, Dec. 12. 

Marcus Loew will hav. to wait at 
least six months before he can take 
over the Fmp'ess theatre. 

The circuit coint of appeals In 
.St. Louis has approved tli ■ supei - 
sedias bond filed by Wilfred l.e- 
doux, former owner, who appealed 
the decision of the Fnlteil si.Tte.« 
dl.strict court of Omah.i ordering Lc- 
doux to turn ovir the theatre to 
Locw on .1 coiiliaet mtered into 
last May wiili -V-inin..) ./y, Shirle)' 
Loew's rejui sentMl jve. 


St. Louis, Dec. 12. 
The Lyric, \ iiiceiin**, Ind . 
switched from 'George I'.eiithy'' 
bookings to the W. V. .M. A. (.^t 
Louis branch) last ue( k. 

Other additions to the Assoi'on 
Brber liranch cinuit are Cap 
Girardeau, Mo : I'ar.i'vnu'd. IDytlu - 
vllle and Walnut KIdue. Aik, and 
Charleston and SilM-.-lon. in .Mis 


Willi one of the uld, st and swiejest members of the Kansas Citj 
i''itini tOvi-r ttiy lliUL wlio is blind. 

W. A. ("Bill") Plnkerton, the 
great detective, son of Alan A. Pln- 
kerton, greatest of all detectives, is 
mourned by thousands in the the- 
atrical and s)>orting fraternities of 
the world. His death in Los An- 
geles Tuesday came as a shock, de- 
spite his 80 years, because he was 
remarkably rugged and In his usual 
effervescent spirits when his pals 
Inst saw hlra In New York and 
Chicago. He lived In Chicago. 

On his recent return from his 
semi-annual Kuropean tour, BUI 
spent several days around the Clar- 
Idge corner, which was his favorite 
New York rendezvous, shaking 
hands and fanning with show folks. 
He had l>een 111, but spoke lightly 
of it as he started west. 

Plnkerton for years had held a 
sort of salon every night In the 
ofllce of Harry Ridings, manager of 
Cohans Grand opera house In Chi- 
cago. Though Harry had been his 
friend for years, he found Pinker- 
ton intrenched there when he took 
charge a decade ago, for he had 
spent his evenings on the same scat 
nightly jivhen Harry Hamlin owned 
and Harry Askin managed the the- 
atre. Between times he fraternized 
In George W. Led'.rer's olflce when 
Lederer ran the Colonial. 

There, every night after the 
count-up, would gather 1k>u House- 
man, Aahton Stevens. 'Walter Dug-' 
gan, Paul Armstrong, visiting man- 
agers, stars, writers, political lead- 
ers. Bill was the pivot of the gath- 
erings. He rarely discussed his de- 
tective exploits, but when he told 
stories they were wonderful. 

Plnkerton was a drummer boy in 
the Civil War, his father being Lin- 
coln's chief of secret service. On 
his father's death his brother Alan 
became the head of the family, later 
succeeded by W. A. He was a mil- 
lionaire, and had financial connec- 
tions beyond ordinary understand 


Helen Dauvray. whose last en- 
gagement was with 'The Bat" In 
Philadelphia, died in Washington, 
D. C, and was burled Dec. 6 In the 
National Cemetery at Arlington be- 
side her husband, Rear Admiral A. 
C. WInterhalter. She had been a 
widow three years. 

Miss Dauvray was born in New 
York and went on the stage In the 
late 80*8. having been educated for 
It in Europe. She had her own 
theatre In 1892 and won a reputa- 
tion in "Our Girls." En route to 
Australia with her own company in 
1898 she met Admiral WInterhalter, 
and they were married shortly aft- 
erward. She retired after her mar- 
riage, but returned to the stage 
upon the death of her husband Ill- 
ness forced her to leave the "Bat" 
in Philadelphia In 1922. 


Harry G. J^owder. stage manager 
of the Orpheum, Altoona, Pa., died 
shortly after midnight Dec. 6 at his 
home after a four months' illness. 
Lowder was born In Altoona Oct. 
28, 1877, and had been doing stage 
work In local theatres for years. 
Twenty years ago he was made 
stage manager of the Orpheum. 


Mrs. Jennie King, said to have 
been a legit actre.'is, aged 40, was 
found dead In a furnished room at 
119 Kast Ohio street, Chicago, Dec. 
8. A teapot on the stove and a 
disconnected gas hose indicated 
that her death was accidental. 

Edward Martyn 
Edward Martyn. former president 
of the Sinn Fein nnd one of Ireland's 
foremost dramatists, died at his 
home in County Galwny. Dec. 6. He 
was 64 years old. He was the founder 

of the Irish Theatre at Dublin, dedl 

ing through "protecting au"the"also- '"^'^''^ ,*° ''"''*'> language plays, and 

elated banks of the world. 

He never would accept divorce 
cases or any shiidy assignments, no 
matter how profitable. Crooks 
feared hitn and revered him. His 
policy was to get back stolen prop- 
erty rather ihafl prosecute, and this 
he did with historic success, notably 
In the of Gainsborough's Im- 
mortal "Duohesi of Devonshire." 
"kidnaped" from Agnews, London, 
and which Plnkerton got back -5 
years later In Chicago, from Adam 
Worth, the greatest thief the world 
has ever known, but who was not 
arrested for that job. 

Plnkerton always leaned toward 
theaitre folks. In platonic affection 
he for years openly adored Lillian 
Russell, Anna Held, Billle Burke, 
Fay Templeton, the Davles girls, 
Mitzl. Dazie. Sabaret, Ethel Levey, 
and many of the beauties of succes- 
sive generations. lOvery sports no- 
table and theatrical man and 
woman of any consequence his 
friend. Whenever he returned from 
abroad he came back loaded with 
gifts, and at Christmas ho had a 
distribution list that was a Who's 
Who of the most interesting people 
on earth. Including kings, cham- 
pions, geniuses, rascals and divas. 

Bills little old French limousine 
was as famous In Chicago as Mrs. 
Potter Palmer's twin to It. Every 
newsboy knew it and him. A pas- 
sionate first-nighter, he frequently 
entertained after a Chicago pre- 
miere an entire "Follies" troupe 
and their friends at champagne and 
p.irt ridge. 

With his p.issing one of the r(i- 
mantc, memorable figures of nigh; 
life and theatrical atmosphere of 
the old school slips into the shad- 
ows of memory. It Is difficult In 
these days even to describe him, for 
his sort are so few that they can- 
not be understood from .1 remote 
angle of vision. 

Bill Plnkerton was a Ripiare 
shooter, a perfect sport, a friend 
to the last ditch, a hearty good fel- 
low, a connoisi ur of talent, wit 
vaau and womun. an advunturer, -a 
great man, a great liver, n prodigal 
giver, a generous forgiver. 

Anee(l.,|es of Bill PInkerton's llf.. 
among the most fascinating figures 
in th world ..duld fill a library, and 
probably will. But there are as 
many ain, far more beautiful 

ones, that never will be written — 
the tales of his charities, his no- 
bilities and his loyalties -because 
they are known only to hi.- dearest 
friends, and they won't publish 
them beiause they know Bill would 
not want them to. 

was the author of a number of 
dramas as well as a writer on poli- 
tics and art. 

William M. Crawford 

William M. Crawford, 19, of "Th^^ 
Cat and Canary," died in Providence, 
Dec. 9. His home was in Greenwich, 

The father of William Mack, the 
booking agent, died Dec. 10, from 
an attack of heart disease as he was 
leaving the 34th street station of the 
B. B. T. subway. He was 64 years 
old. Being unknown he was taken 
to the 23rd precinct police station 
where his identity was established 

I mourn tfie leva of my Invins father 


who pnssed awjty Decembor 11th. 1923 


by letters and papers in his pocketa. 
The police called up Mr. Mack at 
his office In the Hilton Bldg., Broad- 
way and 48th street, and he at once 
went to the station and claimed the 
body. Funeral services were held 
at the home, 313 Tiffany street, 
Bronx, Wednesday. Interment fol- , 
lowed In Kensico cemetery. 

The daughter of Willie Berger, 'a 
booker In Boyle Woolfolk's depart- 
ment of the W. 'V. M. A. In Chi- 
cago, died Dec. 4, aged five months. 
She was the only child of Willie 
and Dot Berger. Mrs. Berger was of 
the sister team of BiUec and Dot 
before her marriage. 

Thomas Hickman, 50. sta re door- at the Astor, New York, was 
found dead in a chair backstage 
lart Thursday night. He was dis- 
covered by Mr.«. Richard Taut, 
singer In the prolog for "The 
Huncliback, " 

The father of Hildoparde Stone, 
vaudevilUaii. was killed last week- 
In a fall from a building. He was 
53 years of age and is .•.survived by 
his wife anil (laughter. The funeral 
WIS held at the Mt. Olive cemetery. 

The mother of .Marlon and VI<j-_ 
toila Baldwin (.Murray Sisters, tor^"^ 
tnerly, died at the home of her 
daughters, 530 West 113th street. 
.New York City, Dec. 3. 

Tlie father nf H.ldc-iarde Stone 
v.ds killed w hile at work on a 
building last week. 

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Thur84«y* December 18, IKS 



Keith's Didn't Favor Bobby McLean's Free Exhibi- 
tion to Promote Sale of Skates — Opened at Gim- 
bel't, New York, for Two Weeks 

Bobby McLean,, champion epjed 

'«kater, wan rrmovpcl from the "act* 

, »vallab:e' list by the Keith Circuit 

y. this week fur giving gratis akatine 

'-parformHiices ut Giinbel's New York 

flepartmen! store. McLean was Hp- 

pearlns at Ihe aiore for the two 

'•weeks befoie Christmas period 

■^ opening De<-. B. 

; ' The order U the first o; Its kind 
jivtver Issued la the Keith office anil 
t-4n effect declares tbe depai-tm^nt 
iv Jtore "opposition." McLean ha« 
> been playing the Keith Circuit be- 
.LF^tween outdoor skating season.^, pluy- 
"'"Ine contlntious'.y since last Augus- 
.' booked b>' Ralph Karnum. i!is 
' last ur peiinince was i the Haiiice, 
■- Cleveland, v eck of Nov. 5. FoUow- 
-_lng thl.s fiieagenionl he appeared 
" Ut Full's dci^artment sto .\ Cleve- 
land, for H week giving grat's ex- 
ilijIlloiiK !o fiiclltate sale of tic 
: "Bauby .M.Lcan racing skate.', 
"Als Is ial<" to have aroi sod the 
Keith people following complaints 
from |-<itro.n« t>!' the f'alace who had 
paid to sec AicLean give the same 
exhibition tl.e week previous. The 
Keith dXiice felt AIcLcnn had im- 
paired hit •iiluc us u box ofiice at- 
traction by apjiearing free at ih? 

Foiiowln.^; the advertisements in 
the Sundiiy .N'e« York papers anent 
the Clmbel ennageijieiit, the oiilet 
is siiid to have be; n Issued to remove 
McLean's name from the "available 
list." McLean was to have appeared 
on the opening bill of the Itlppo- 
. drome for a run at the hou;e, it Is 


Los Angeles, Dec. 12. 

Vlnce Brya... song writer and 
screen comedy author, faces a new 
ordeal as the result of hU commit- 
irent on "dope" cuargcs. 

Sentenced to a ^eur. lie r.cently 
was transferred from the j^all to the 
county hospl'al. This week he wa'! 
accused of vloluting his parole by 
trying to obtain t< rb.'drteii narcotics 
through his wife, rnd lie niay bf 
cotnmllted to a f deial pri.son to 
finish ut't his t^rm. 


C-lssie Loftus W..S un.ib'o to f'nish 
hrr second wefk's enncjen'^nt at 
the Pai.icc, .Vew York, retiring from 
tl e bill Fri'lay on ucnount of a 
I c-avy cold. Friday afternron Van 
riul ScUenck too'; the vacan'-y, 
dou ilps from the B!oad«:y Fri- 
day night Leedcm and 8l.'ini,er 
firm Z!cgfeld'K "Follies." d:>ubled 
from the New Am^tirdiiin h.v p;r 
mi^.'-.icn of Klo Ziegfe' 1. 


(Continued page 1) 
of a series of teats recently con- 
ducted to establish International 
radio communication. 
I . Whlteman had this concert idea 
<: (or over two years and when abroad 
last summer Otto H. Kahn broached 
the subject of trying it out actively 
In the winter. The philanthropist's 
jrouns son may be one of the pro- 
(ram features. The boy is an ar- 
dent aazophone enthusiast. 

Zt* Confrey, who beads another 
' Whlteman orchestra unit, also re- 
cording for "Victor, will be on the 
program. Confrey, with his "Kitten 
en the Keys," and "StumbllnK." 
created a unique style of American 
jazx composition. 
', Jeannie Oautler, concert song- 
■tress, who created a sensation re- 
cently by Including popular num- 
. bers In her recital, may also ap- 

The Jazz leader does not intend to 
play strictly jazz numbers alone. He 
will do operatic excerpts legiti- 

Victor Herbert has promised to 
compose a special American suite 
for the recital. Irving Berlin and 
George Gershwin will also con- 
tribute numbers. 

A series of public rehearsals will 
be held for several weeks preceding 
the concert date to which musical 
authorities, including Walter Dam- 
rosoh. et nl.. will be Invited to ren- 
der opinions as to what really typi- 
fies American music. 

There is an altruistic purpose be- 
hind this Whlteman project and 
deservant of national educational 
support despite its emanation from 
a showman. As Whltenan has it: 
"I've been forced to find something 
new to which to devote ray orches- 
tra's talentK. The symphonic synco- 
pation we originated la no longer 
novel becausi' there are others doing 
It, m.tybe b<>:ter than we. Sonic 
have accusc<l us of stculing oihers' 

"When we made 'Song of Indi.i 
for the Victor records I got noth- 
ing from it. since it's a Aon-ropy- 
right. I'lu- iicvfoimaiicp of tht 

Bimaky-KorsukoK t^usslc in fox 

trot rhylhm was mereLv a means tr 
make it aiipcai lo tlie masses. .N'cnv 
that they have gotten familiar with 
It, the next time tlity hear Fritz 
Kreisler iilay it in the orthodox \ir 
slon they'll realize how putrid «.i' 
the Whlteman rendition." 

If this I'ciiufit experiini nt Is i 
success it will be repeated Iwicv <'i' 
thrice a year. 


Springfield. Ohio. Dec. 12. 
The Sun. Gus Sun's local tab 
house, has c'osed because of poor 
• Those who wat<h local 
thra'rira!s ■ lotel.x blanf? the poor 
bu-^'rirss on the clas.'^ of tab snows 
playii'g heip. 


Akron. Oliio, Dtv. 12. 
Tiiv .Miles, Ka.nt Akron, for sev- 
eral weeks playing vaiiOcvire and 
pictures, has cIo"fd. It is the third 
time the house has been dark in 
the past year. 


boa produced a new comedy act 
which is proving one of the blg- 

'est <(ili' 

My recitation and song Is copy- 
ri;;hied; anyone using same will 
be prosecuted. 




Beginning next Sunday. Viddi-fh 
vaudeville will be presented In tl.e 
.McIClnley Square ^tock hous^?. Sun- 
day bills heretofore have b.i'n maiii" 
up of regular vaudevllie ao:s and 

Wllkie Bard was out of the Tues- 
day matinee show at the Palace this 
week. There was some sort of a 
misunderstanding, it Is said, regard- 
ing what Bard was to do the pre- 
vious night (Monday). A represen- 
tative of one of the Keith booking 
agents told Bard he was to work In 
•'one" Monday. Bard. It Is said, mis- 
understood this to mean he was to 
do ore number. He did one number 
at the Monday matinee and n'gb' 
hows incldenttilly. In Rngland 
I "one" is called "working before the 
1 front cloth." Bard nppeared Tues- 
'day ni^hl as usual. The offl-!al re.-i- 
I .on for H.-ird's being out of the show 
; Tuesday v as that his wife was 111. 
! ■■ -. ' ^od Bard at 

tho Tuocd^y matinsa. 

Murray .-.m . ii. No. 2, at the 
E'alaee Monday, dropped out lor the 
I week after the Monday iiighi show. 
i Rup.-'ell and I'ierce replaced the net 
The Murray and Alan turn was p.iid 
for the week under Its playor-pny 
lontraot. but, it Is said, was asked 
to love the bill, as the spot was too 
early for them and they could not do 
themselves Justice. 


Los Angeles, Dec. 12. 
Owing to their unfavorable con- 
dition, Herbert Brooks, card manip- 
ulator, and Thomas J. Conlin, who 
have been here for tli^lr health, have 
been sent to Arizona. 


Wilkie Hard, English comedian, 
and Murray and Allen, were out of 
the Palace bill Tuesday. Harry 
Holman substituted /or the former, 
while Russell and Pearce replaced 
Murray and Allen, No. 2. 

Clssic Loftns did not open at the 
Orpheum, Brooklyn, N. T., this week. 
Van and Schenck are deputizing. 


"Voices" Adaptable to Broadcasting Not So Plenti- 
ful — Same as Disks — Radio Makers Appear to 
Have Understanding to Save Payment 

The "radio agent" may be a de- 
velopment of the present-day "buJl- 
ing system" of the radio concerns 
in their efforts to secure free enter- 
tainment In broadcasting upon 
promises of "publicity." 

Accounts agree that "voices" are 
a« necessary to broadcasting as they 
are on the disc records. It has been 
noted that where an entertainer's 
"voice" made an Impression with 
listeners-ln. the artlft has been re- 
quested to repeal, with various 
promii-es, includiiig public ii v. hut 
never any cash. 

The radio concerrm liroadcistint? 
and other stations are belle\ed to 
be acting under an understanding 
that none shall pay entortaincrs for 
their dail.v programs, under the im- 
pression If all refiain from payment, 
artists will continue lo tive theii 
talent gr.atis to concern-- that meaii- 
rthile charge from %Ai>0 to |(iO() a-, 
hour for comtiiercial ad\ crti^iiu' 
ihrougli their station.-^. 

It Is only of reeeiil « eeks d.iily 
iiewsiiapers thiimt^hout I lie country 
commenced to feel Ihry were being 
"Iniiikod" by publit^hiiig daily as 
pure reading matter radif> i-rogram- 
Kintalnlng matter lliat I lie people 
or concerns or coi»i*,.oditles men* 
tinned were giving p.iyment Indi- 

rectly to radio. This especially was 
80 of some dallies discovering In 
the matter of commodities the title 
being tacked onto the title of an 
orchestra or band. 

The "radio agent" to arrive thinks 
he can reaCh the artists or musical 
combinations the radios want the 
most, place them under exclusive 
Iila.\ing contracts outside the thea- 
tre and then handle their engage- 
ments with radio muchly as he 
would a club or private affair for 

While the radio entertainment 
provuier.". believe they would mean- 
lime ticcurc oilier "talent," experi- 
ence has taught them that Ihcir 
iiiakc-shift daily programs quickly 
l(wc them their full quota of 

fnidiicers of shows also have 
lie> II fouled by the radio througl- 
ha\'inK their production material 
sent liroadrasf, Ica\lng it queetlon- 
jal.le if ihe many listeners-ln were 
I .ifi' i V..U1I iriterr«(ed in seeing the 
I .'<hiiw. Likewise It has occurred 
with a star or^ principals of a pro- 
durt.on using their production mat- 
ter, renim ing ihe reanon for visit(ir> 
to the city where the show may be 
playing seeing that show, preferring 
something else Ihe^- had not pre-. I- 
oiir"ly heard any poil'on of. 



Thursday (Dec. 13) 
H:39 A. M (Neptune) — To accomplish high alms and' desires; lo 
develop peculiar lines of art, literature or niusie. Kor 
any matter connected with Oriental things or people; 
and for business relating to motion picture art or 
2:2* P M. (Moon)-" Very fortunate for literature, correspondence 
and mercantile lines. To travel; deal with the feminine 
sex; engage? a secretary, or female employee; to make 
purchases; and to consult lawyers, to confer with 
journalists, publishers, printers, wrlter.i and sellers of 
books; as well as tor transacting business with them. 
3:19 P. M. (Mars) — For work demanding energy, enterprise and 
enthusiasm. To undertake any new business. Fortunate 
for surgeon. , engineers, dealers in metals or chemicals 
and those who travel for business. 
The rule of the days is in the Sign of Virgo, and concerns 
medicine; the healing ait, ingenious enterprises and writing; it is 
especially propitious for those who are interested in diet; specialists 
on Ftomach and abdominal ailments; and to begin treatment for 
such conditions. Persons born August 23rd to September 2Ist should 
make the most of the fortunate hours today. 

Friday (Dee, 14) "^ 

8:37 A. M. (Venus)— For any effort In which you hope to attain 
success and popularity. To marry; to deal with friends; 
engage a maidservant; to deal with dress designers, 
perfumer?, musicians. Jewelers and professional enter- 
Tlio Fire Trlpllclty preside over the destinies of this day; granting 
preference to those who are sell-confident and possessed of execu- 
tive ability ard strong personality; who are able to carve their own 
way In life; and such as are rather given to display and extrava- 
gance. Guard against Impctuuvlty, anger and premature decisions, 
as these will bring regrets later. 

;■;■"'•''*■-'■''■■ Saturday (Dec 15) '"■' ■ ^^ "•■'''■' ■■ 
No propitious asiiects of the stars at any practicable hour today. 

The Sign of Libra rules the events of this day; propitious generally 
lor hunting, sports and perscns or things connected with these; for 
relaxation and aniuaenient; Tor matters pertaining to legality and 
justice. Libra is the Sign of the r.:ilance, and it stimulates the 
faculty to^weigh things and to render fair Judgment; those In- 
lluenced by this Sign lun do so Uituitlunally. 

Persons born September 22nd to October 21st should be especially 
ntiontive lo Ihe voice of Intuition today; do not he.-'ltute; heed the 
\er> fii/l promptlu;- and you will not go wrong. • , ,, ■ 

Monday (Dec. 17) 
2:i5S P M. (Sun)— To seek .wU ancement. prestige un<l flnanclul 
ndvantawe; to a.-.k favors; seek employment; and to 
■ come to anv iterinite decision or undertaking. To deal 

with great |>ei8ons. superiors, or the.itrical producers; 
and to ask favors of them. Fortunate hour to marry. 
.■!:l! I' .'il. (.Mercuiy-Saturn) — To manage the aff;ilrs of others; 
for succe s, fume. Viromotion, to gain the fuvor of older 
persons; lo iirofli through your parents; a'so for busi- 
ness conneited with humor or satire, clowning and 
The Sign of ViriiO rules this day; relating to health and diet: 
servants and depciid(^nts. Danser shown through liileness and Im- 
pertinence; su less thriiU'.li wit. disv'retion and cleverness; espe- 
cially If you were born August 23rd (C September 2tst. 

S;r'4 P. M. 

Tuesday (Dec. 18) 
(Venus)- To Increase wealth; to seek happlnea.'', pleas- 
ure and feminine friendship and assistance. For any 
lino of artistic development and expression — to gain 
advantage through such efforts. A very fortunate hour 
start anything new. 
The Sun la the ruler of this day; his kingly beams imbue the mind 
with idess of royal magnificence, wealth, and the desire to do big 
things. This Is the day to connect with personages and the very 
rich — with those who are controlling factors In their line. Favor- 
able, at the Psychological Time, for promotion activities; stage pro- 
ductions; politics; finances; and to take over the control of any- 
thing; to open a Jewelry store, and to start a bank account. 

Wsdnssday (Dec. 19) 

No propitious Influences during the i>ractical working hours of the 
day. The Fiery Trlpllclty rules. Inspiring those who respond readily 
to t^armth, ardor. Intensity and the spirit to do and dare. The dangers 
of the day come through over-abundance of energy; too much force- 
fulness and excitability; especially to persons born In any one of the 
Fire Signs — March 21st to April 19th, July 24th to August 22nd 
(Leo), and Nov. 21st to Uec. jOth (Sagittary). It is better to de- 
liberate than to act hastily. 

•Cupyrlshi, 1923, Prsmisr .Syndicate, Inc. 


Continued from page 3) 
Iluugarlin life In the throes of a 
revolution, the particular town be- 
ing Kaschnitz. Kevolvers are scarce 
in Ka.schnltz, yet Michael Dvorak, 
who depends on his more than life, 
p.issfs It around with such aban- 
don as to indicate It was of little 
v;iliie. Lives are cheap In Kasch- 
nitz. yet Michael takes fliree acts 
to kill the villain, who he should 
have :liiightered before Art I was 

Tlie one set Is the attic of .Xlidul 
K'arauin. a butcher of ailslocrats. 
who in hiding the sppila of revolu- 
tionary loot before cro sing the 
frontier on the pretext of buying 
food Tor the peoj.le. This atll 1i;ih 
altno.-t as many entrances and exits 
as are usually found In a Frem-h 
f.irci. besides .m ari.iugeiiient 
whereby n person wh > ct»:ne«i In 
einno; Kce .mother who goes out by. 
Mie same duor. 

.Mie|i,..|. di: cover Ing Abdul's In 
I. ntuin.'-, iljargalns with him to take 
Irimcas Stephanie Into s.ifety as 
Mrs. Kariuim. Not until the b.jti liei 
has t le.: to improve the bar.4a;ri l>j 
means of murder and rapine Ums 
.Mi' h.iel realize that the beiU way 

out Is to kill the blackguard and tu 
take his i)lace. Meantime one has 
to undergo a course of study in the 
regulations of revolutionary Hun- 
gary affec'ing passports and mar- 

Carroll has undoubtedly read Bil- 
zac and other classic creators of 
plot, and drawn freely for situa- 
tions. .-It must be said for him that 
he Is no piker — he culled from the 

As Abdul. Handle Ayrton gives a 
le.iliotic pli.luie of Idnl &iid ciueity. 
May .Vlayfren is u melodramatic 
enough priniess in all conscience, 
but has n'aiively little to do, as 
has also lOrlc Maxon as Michael. II 
is almost a one actor part for the 
|)rin< I.eavy. 

.ludgeil by 'I'liiics sfjuare or the 
West Knd of London standards, the 
piece Is elemental melodrama, but 
tnfttng trrrn rrniatitPTnTTrnrTtw • wni f tir 
set and the Kmall cast, it Is prob- 
ably a good manuge:ial gamble for 
II. e i:iii;ii-l, |.r<»viii<-e. . Jolo. 

Ahcarn on Pan Tims 

(li.jiles AlH-.iiti .and Co bi'x'f 
I een routed lor ,';i» wetks by the 
5^ntrtge» Circuit. 

'-'-^i .|piiiLjiiiiiiiavi.i>" 

vARreri r 



Thursday. December 13. 1823 


Cooper Revue, $10,760 at Gayety, Boston — Marion 
Show, $10,260 in Newark— "Youthful Follies," 
$9,100 in St Louis' Columbia Wheel House 

The Gayety, Boston, led all of the 
Columbia Wheel houses for gross 
business last week with the JImmIe 
Cooper Revue doing »10,760. The 
previous week "All Aboard" did 
$9,340 at the Gayety, Boston. The 
Casino, Boston, with "Uadlo Girls," 
last week, did $6,967. The week be- 
fore the Casino, Boston, did $8,000 
with "Vanities." These grosses were 
for 12 performances. 

The Empire, Newark, was second 
last week with Dave Marlon's show 
getting $10,260 In 14 shows. 

The Gayety, St. Louis, for the first 
time Blnce the season started, 
dropped to third place with "Youth- 
ful Follies" getting $9,100. Oscar 
Dane, the manager of the St. Louis 
Gayety, was in New York last week, 
which may account for the St. Louis 
drop. The previous week the St. 
Louis Gayety got $11,464 with 
"Breezy Times." 

Neck and neck with St. Louis last 
week was the Gayety, PlttsburKh, 
with Hastings' "Silk Stocking Re- 
vue" doing $$9,100. The previous 
week "Jig Time" did over $10,000 
at Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh house 
will be well up among the leaders 
at the close of the season If It keeps 
up the gait maintained since the 
opening of the season. 

The Columbia, New York, last 
week did $8,800 with "Vanities." 
The previous week the Columbia got 
$10,900 with "Follies of the Day." 

Hurtlg & Seamen's, New York, 
which had "Temptations" last week, 
did $6,750. The Palace, Baltimore, 
last week, did $8,800 with "Nifties." 
The Gayety, Omaha, with "Hlp- 
plty Hop," did $4,800, and the Colo- 
nial, Cleveland, with "All In Fun," 
got $5,300. 

The Emplr^ Providence, with Mol- 
lle Williams' show, did $6,900. The 
previous week, with "Radio Girls," 
the Providence house did $7,875. 

The Casino, Brooklyn, with "Fol- 
lies of the Day," had the best week 
It has had this season and a couple 
previously, grossing $8,700. de- 
vious week "Happy Days" did 
, $7,700 there. 

The Empire, Brooklyn, la^t ^eek 
did $5,900 with "Hollywood Follies." 
The Bronx, New York, with "Step 
On It," got $5,300. Previous week 
"Town Scandals" grossed $7,000 at 
the Bronx. The Orpheum, Paterson, 
N. J., with "aiiding" Billy Watson, 
did $4,440. 

The Schenectady and Albany split 
last week with "Dancing Around" 
did $1,935 at Schenectady and $2,905 
at Albany. The previous week Coo- 
per's Revue did $3,000 at Schenec- 
tady and $5,290 at Albany. 


Burlesque Managers Visiting 

St. Louis to Discover Reason 

for High Grosses at Gayety 

The custom of Columbia bur- 
lesque managers sending repre«cnt- 
atlves to St. Louis to see how Oscar 
Dane rolls up those big grosses at 
the Gayety is becoming quite pre- 

A couple of weeks ago the Miner 
Estate sent Barney Kelley, man- 
ager of the Bronx. Kelly remained 
a week looking over every per- 
formance at the Gayety, and gen- 
erally studying the St. Louis situa- 
tion with special attention to Dane's 

Several other Columbia wheel 
house owners are reported sending 
out emissaries under cover to see 
how Dane does it. 

Dane was in New York for a visit 
himself la.«!t week to, give the once 
over to the Eastern burlesque 
houses and do a little studying on 
his own account. 


Frank Hunter and Jim 'Collins Tscn- 

porarily Replae* th* Slider at 

Newark on Hurry Call 

"Sliding" Billy Watson was out 
of his Columbia wheel show at the 
Empire, Newark, Tuesday and 
Wednesday of this weuk, owing to a 
severe attack of hoarfeness. 

Frank Hunter and Jim Collins, 
who recently closed with Hunter's 
tab show, went Into the Sllder'.s 
show On a hurry call, Tuesday aft- 
ernoon, to replace Watson's scenes. 

Hunter and Collins had a quick 
rehearsal with the Watson company 
Tuesday at one o'clock. In Newark, 
and substituted several scenes they 
had been doing with the tab show. 

The performance was given as 
usual Wednesday. Watson may be 
out of the show for the week, his 
vocal chords having been badly 



Patrol Wagon Backed Up to Burlesque House and j 
Show Barred Sunday, but Goes On Later— ^J 
Police Admit Trailing New York < " ' "ij 


Barney Gerard's "Follies o{ the 
Day" will give a midnight perform- 
ance at the Orpheum, Paterson, N. 
J., Saturday night. The extra per- 
formance will start after the regular I cljslvely by them 
night show making three for that''* 

Permission was granted by the 
Columbia Circuit officials for the 
extra show. The Orpheum is a Sun- 
day opening house. 

Two Ona-Nighters Out 
Wheeling, W. Va., and Steuben - 
vlUe, O., each town playing the 
Columbia shows as one nighters 
will drop out of the route next week. 
The two days will be open ones 
for the time being. Bad business is 
ascribed as the cause of the drop- 
ping out 


Last week's Variety stated Cain 
& Davenport's Columbia wheel show 
was closely afflllated with the Hur- 
tlg & Seamon interests. 

Maurice Cain denies Hurtlg & 
Seamory have any connection with 
"Dancing Around." 

The story states Hurtlg tt Sea- 
mon control seven shows. 

It should have said six, Cain & 
Davenport's show being their own 
property on a franchise leased ex 


The Mutual Burlesque wheel will 
play the Broiulway, Indianapolis, 
as a week stand as a result of I. H. 
Herk's recent western trip. 

Indianapolis has Columbia bur- 
lesque at the Capitol, with the 
shows there a week. The Broadway 
has been housing stock burlesque. 

Louisville, T>er. 12. 


Bobble Blalr, chorister In Barney 
Gerard's "All in Fun," Is under- 
studying Anna Prop, soubret, while 
Miss Prop Is attending her mother's 


Rube Bonson, advance man for 
"Wine, Woman and Song," had to 
give up his post as a trail blazer 
last week to go to L.ike Saranac to 
recuperate from an attack of pul- 
monary trouble. 

It is expected a short sojourn in 
the Northern climate will restore 
Benson to his former good health. 


Testimonial Performance 
Metropolitan — 50 Years on 
Yiddish Stage 

Plilladelphia, Doc. 12. 

A testimonial performance was 
given at the Metropolitan tonight in 
honor of the 00th nnnivrr.sary on the 
Viddish stafje of Jacob P. Adler 

•The affair was arranKed by 
friends of the actor, the committee 
in charKO Including .TuiIkc William 
LiCwis. B. J. I)f Young, ,laool) KUel- 
stein, Jacob Billlknpf, I>liillp Pub- 
lieker, David I'lulliiis, Senator Max 
Aron. Alex.andcr I,lliirmnii, Maurice 
Kpelser, Isadore MiU;iini, Martin O. 
Levy, Jacob Oin-'bei-K, An.ashel 
Schorr and David Tiiikel. 


A bill postinK c.'tni)>aign lias been 
inauguratpd by the Columbia, New 
York, which will do away with 
"snipInK" and place 2S slieels in all 
__ prominent acjliuua- of -Grcaltr .New 

The new paper was taken care of 
by Carey & .Sons. One end of the 
sheet shows a six foot design of a 
dancing girl. It Is red, blue and 
black on white. The now jiaper Is 
now posted at Broadway and. 43d 
street, Bro.idway and 66th, and scv- 
tral Times Square stands. 


The Columbia Amu.soment Co. 
shows wonU play Union Hill at the 
Kboscvelt, or any other houKe in the 
Jersey burg, after all. The Keith 
people are reported requesting the 
Columbia not to burlesque into 
Union Hill. 

Several weeks ago the Columbia 
shows played the Hudson, Union 
Hill, as an experiment. It stopped 
after three weeks. Business was 
very bad. 

The Columbia people figured three 
weeks wasn't long enough to prop- 
erly tcft the stand, and started ne- 
gotiations with the Hudson to start 
the shows there again a couple of 
weeks ago. The Columbia shows 
were to have played a week. 

The Hudson man.ogemcnt would 
not come to terms with the Colum- 
bia people fo^ the second experi- 
ment, the Hudson wanting the 
shows on straight percentage and 
the Columbia demanding a guaran- 

Negotiations were opened with 
the Roasevelt, a picture house con- 
trolled by Harlng & Biumenthal, 
whereby the Columbias wore to ^o 
In the Roosevelt for four days a 

The Keith people book vaudeville 

In Union Hill at the Capltfl. The 

Columbia deal for the P.oosevelt to 

take the Columbia shows was mov- 

I Ing to consummation, with the 

I shows to start next week, it Is .«al<l, 

at I when the Keith request was made. 

• ' ■ 


Mrs. Lucia Cooper, widow of 
James E. (IJIuch) Cooper and sls- 
ter-ln-Iaw of Sam Scribner, ."suf- 
fered a severe nervous breakdown 
last week, repotted at first as a 
paralytic stroke, but described by 
.a phy.siolan as anaemia of the 
br.iin. Mrs. Cooper was reported s 
doing nicely this week. Slie is .f 
the Cooper Si.'Uers. Ktta is Mrs. 
Sam Sei'ibiier. 

lioth were prominent as a sister 
act In vaudeville and burlesque 
some 20 years ago. 




The Ro9B. Maybe Jlmmlc Coopor 

ICngllBh Hum, On and Off Fret) Harper 

A Worn Out American Josh Dreano 

Ii;ll rruptt... c;owboy Prui'tl 

The I'rima Do^na, Pruud and ilaughty.. 

Grace Ooodale 

Our Soubrctte, Cute and Niriy 

MldKle (lihbon.i 
The Ingenue. Sweet and PreUy.. Mabel Lee 

A Slater Team, Koso and Apple 

Bloaeom Slaters 

Tarsan, the Hairy Ape Humanoft 

Speclall ie» Ilmma ONell 

Tolty Toll Street Babe Maaon 


BesRle Deeota, Dancer Premier from rian- 
tation Hevue Co.; Reuben Drown, from I.lza 
Co.; Ida Rolley, Jrom Khultle Along CV. : 
Ham Croiia, from Hot Chops Co. ; Oetavia 
Sumler, Bluea Singer, from Jlow Come 
Co.; Joe Peterfon, from Shuffle Inn; Gertie 
Miller, from Strut Miss I.lzzie Co.; Uilly 
B. JolioBon. from SIteik of llnrlem Co. 

The Gertie Miller Trio— Singers and 
Dancers. Four Dancing Fools. StruttcrB 
and Russian Dancers, and Julian Arthur's 

Ten Jaziy Jazx Mualclans— J. F. Arthur, 
director; J. Curry, saxophone; W. F. }Iam- 
ley, piano; K. Sedrlc. saxophone; D. James, 
tromljone; D. Lament, tuba; W. Temple, 
banjo; R. Muse, drums; L. Mctcalf, cornet; 
J. Mcljeary, cornet. 

semblance to one used in one of the 
Bedini shows of a season or two 
ago. The second "set" Is just a 
common-place drape, but the third 
gives the scenic values a boost In 
tho right column, a sightly lookinK 
interior. The second half scenery 
is average stuff. 

Cooper, who works in an easy. In- 
timate style, is all over the first 
part, putting snap into the chorist- 
ers, helping the comics to get laughs 
and generally keeping the tempo 
marching along evenly. It's a mat- 
ter of personality with Cooper. He 
sells himself and the show during 
this first part with the smoothness 
and skill of a natural showman. 

The Ten Jttfezy Jazz Musicians, a 
colored band, and a good one are in 
the -first section, but while their 
(Continued on page 33) 



Mr. and Mr.s. Abiier Grrenberg. 
a son. ThK fatlier Is a Times 
squ.irc tbeatilcal attorney. 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Moiinlaln 
(Kl.-iino Gray), at their home, 
Jamaica, L. I,, Dec. 8, daughter. 

Ml-, and Mrs. Max Itloom tAIire 
Sh( r). Woman's lloapItaL -Nc'.v 
York. r\ .'. ,S, (laughtor. 

Mr. .jii,l .\hs. iCddio Lynn fTinrnf 
and I.yiiM), son, at New Haven, 
Conn., ThanksKlving Day. 

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Harris, at 
the Ml. Vernon (N. Y.) Hospital. 
Dec. 5, son. The father Is com|)aiiy 
manager for "Abie's Irish Kosc," 
running there. 

Jlmmie Cooper's Revue at the Co- 
lumbia, Now York, this week is 
unique in respects among 
current big wheel burlesque shows. 
A corking entertainment withal 
that 1b just a burlesque show and 
never pretends to bo anything else. 
For one thing it's different from 
any of the other 38 Columbl.i wheel- 
ers in that it's made up of white and 
colored people. It's quite a few 
ye.ars since the Columbi.a wheel has 
held a mixed aggregation. 

Sheridan and l-'iynn's "Big Scn- 
.s.itlon." which frolicked around the 
Columbi.a circuit 18 years ago more 
or the Iinmedi:(le I)redeees- 
sor of the Cooper Ilevnie. It's one 
of the few angles of burlesque, this 
mixed white and colored show idea, 
that hasn't been overuorked In 
those same 18 years. 

The idea must have been clicking 
consistently since the season start- 
ed, for the Cooper Kevue iiolds the 
high gross record for the Gayely. 
St. Louis, with tIB.SOO tho opening 
week. Last week the show toppcl 
tho Columbia list with $10.7l>0 at the 
Gayety, Uost<in, and, .according to 
rei)ort, the Cooper opera tops all of 
the 38 Columbia shows for the sea- 
son's high total gross receipts to 
date by a conslder.ible margin. 

With these records in mind the 
experienced burlcs<iue observer Is 
greatl.v inclined to wonder how 
those records ever happened to be 
cnp|>ed — that is to say, IlKtt is the 
impression likely to be made by the 
Cooper show durln.T ijs (Irst 45 min- 
utes or so— for up to that point it's 
a decidedly ordinary wheel con- 
tribution. Good but nothing un- 

No flash In the way of production 
the first set an attractive-looking 
Dulch exterior appearing strangely 
XamlUar that bears a strong re- 

Hearing Thursday in Montreal on 
Dsath of Colored Jazzer 

MontreaTT Dec. 12. 
Charles 'Wallctte, held on a charge 
of manslaughter, growing out of the 
death here Nov. 24 of Robert Muse, 
trap drummer In a jazz band with 
Jimmy Cooper's "Beauty Revue" 
(Columbia Wheel), will have a hear- 
ing here Thurs'lay, Dec. 13. 

Wallette Is accused of providing 
an overdose of a narcotic, sold to 
have been heroin or morphine, to 
Muse at a party here, which was 
attended by several women. He 
was taken 111 half an hour after he 
Inhaled the drug and died In a hos- 
pital the same night. 

Frank (Bozo) Field, of Boston, 
a concessionaire. Is held fls a ma- 
terial witness. He was arrested 
through police tapping a telephone 
leading to the home of a girl friend 
of his. 

The "Step Lively Girls," bur 
lesque, billed for the Gayety this 
week, didn't step Sunday, owing to 
poUco Interference. It was per- 
mitted to go on Monday, matinee 
and evening, and has continued 

The ban was admittedly a direct 
reflection of the "clean up" move- 
ment recently sprung in New York. 
Capt. Charles F. Huhleln, chairman 
of the Board of Public Safety, said 
the closing order was part of a na- 
tion-wide ..move to clean up th« j 
stage and movies and cited the ' 
activity in New York city. 

He intimated that the Denlshawa 
Dancers, due here soon, would un» 
dergo a rigid censorship before be> i 
Ing allowed to present their offerings 1 
"About a year ago," he said, "we -j 
were ridiculed In connection with 
our attitude, but not long there- j 
after many of our critics discovered ; 
we were justified In our action and 
admitted it." \ 

Taking the step out of the \^tep 
Lively Girls" gave the city one ot 
the finest thrills It has enjoyed since 
liquor was liquor. 

Cant. Larkin. chief of detectives, 
saw the show Sunday afternoon and 
didn't like their step. That evening, 
with a patrol wagon paTked in front 
of the Gayety and a squad of more 
than 25 police on guard at the front 
and rear of the house, he barred out 
everybody except house employes. 
And his men had some job handling 
the crowd. 

Larkin, who has been an unofficial 
censor of burlesque, detailed to look 
over the Gayety show each Sunday 
afternoon, was acting under direct 
orders of Col. Forrest Braden, chief 
of police. He had reported ad- 
versely on the show after the mat- 
inee and the "close it" order fol- 

Sam Reider, manager of the 
house, arrived soon after the police, 
and he immediately brought his -at- 
torney. Brent Overstreet, Into action. 
The latter tried to obtain an Injunc- 
tion restraining the police but waa 
unsuccessful. However, he did have 
a few things to say about them. 

"The Gayety has been playing to 
full houses the entire season," he 
said. "That proves that Mr. Reider 
has been giving the people the bur* 
lesque they want." 

"'Step Lively Girls' Is the best 
show I have offered this season,^ 
said Reider. "It has not been mo- 
lested In other cities." 

Whereupon Major Grlffln. of the 
police department, countered: 

"The show Is dirty. It's not what 
they do— nt's the way they do It." 

The Gayety box office the mornlnff 
after opened at 9 o'clock as usual, 
and the curtain roso on schedule at 
the matinee Just as If nothing had 
happened. No further action wa» 
taken by the police, but the attend- 
ance was light, owing to fear ot an- 
other visit from the cops. There 
were no uniformed men In or near 
the theatre, but plain clothesmen 
are believed to have been stationed 
In the audience. 


Boston. Dec. 12. 
In respsnse to the request of the 
ColuinbLa circnlt people that fran- 
chise holders give the Columbia a 
boost, Charlie Waldron, owner tf the 
Casino here, has plastered the lobby 
and both walls, both in the main en- 
trances and inside the house, with 
signs announcing the house In on 
the Columbia circuit and uses only 
thrlr shows. At the entrance Is also 
a big sign wi'.h a list of every house, 
with the city and st.ite, on the Co- 
lumbia wheel. 


Forti/-3cien in This Issue 


Everything looks f.avorable for 
the organization of a corporation to 
take over M.nx Spiegel's assets In 
tho hope enough may be realized to 
pay oft all the bankrupt theatrical 
promoter's liabilities 100 cents on 
the dollar. 

A conference for this purpose was 
held Saturday and will be resumed 
late this week. 

Tho hearing before Referee In 
Bankruptcy Harold P. CotHn was 
also adjourned until Dec. 20. 

The banks seem generally In- 
clined to facilitate the move. Dlt- 
tenhoefer & Kishel. Spiegel's at- 
torneys, want to t.ake tho matter 
away fyom the bankruptiy court 
and ."settle it on the oulslde. 


Chleago. Dec. 12. 

Lew Talbot's "Wine, Woman and 
Song" captured the house record at 
the Olympic (Columbi.a Burlesque) 
here week dolns $7,720. 

This Is almost $500 better thftB 
any other attraction has done here. 
The record was gotten on a non- 
holiday week. 

Thursday, December 18, 19£S 






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Vol 1 XXIII. 

No. 4 

Producers Forckig License Issue 

D^plto Mm preiant Ucsni* eommluloner's general friendliness for the 
■how buain«M In New Tork city, the producers of the "dirty shows" might 
gire tL thought to the periodic changes of administration. With each new 
mayor, a new license bureau head is appointed. The new Incumbents of 
the office might not be as kindly disposed as the present commissioner, 
August '^W^ Olatxmeyer. 

There is such a thing as amending the department head's powers of 
administration. Although currently tied on the question of revoking a 
theatre license (an unusually fortunate thing for some managers) as wan 
established in the "Demi-Virgin" case, it does not Imply such condition 
need exist always. ; ..■ 


Cable Addresses! 

Variety, New Fork 

Variety. London 

NEW YORK crrx 

164 Wetit 46th Street 


state- Lakf Theatre Building 


V Graunnan's 
Metropolitan Tlieatre Building 

Claus Spreckles BIdg. 

Evans Bu Idirg. New Vorlt Ave. 

8 St. Martin's PI., Trafalgar 8q, 

Here is ihc .story of a pretty 
tougli break. Johnny Boyle and his 
wife (Doyle and Bennett) the 
dancers who have been playing 
around from weel« to week on the 
Keith time, received an offer fin- 
ally of a route over the Orpheum 
Circuit, witli - the Interstate tour 
added. Vhile negotiations were ro- 
Ing on their boy, John, Jr., seven 
years old, was taken ill and on ex- 
amination was found to be a victim 
of diabetes, which in children is 
always 'a fa I. He was removed to 
the Post Graduate Hospital where 
he Is receiving injections of the new 
remedy Insulin. This does not cure 
but merely arrests the progress of 
the disease. The doctors hold out 
no hope of the boy's cure but can 
keep the lad alive indefinitely un- 
less complications arise. They say 
he may live for years and as th^ 
father and mother refuse to leave 
the city while the boy la under treat- 
ment, all thought of touring the 
Orpheum circuit has been dismissed. 
In order to remain In the city and 
be near their boy the parents may 
open a dancing school In the the- 
atrical district, but this has not yet 
been definitely decided. 

Johnny Doolcy has a Paige car 
and almost bought another Oct, 16 
laat. He had just signed for "The 
Three Graces" In London, and that 
deterred hlqt. 

Dooley paid William C, Pierpont 
who has the Paige agency In West- 
chester County $500 deposit, agree- 
ing to make good the $2,650 balance. 
When Dooley changed his mind be- 
cause of the theatrical engagement 
Pierpont refused to refund, Dooley 
last week broueht suit in the New 
York Supreme Court through Les- 
ter B. Nelson to recover that sum. 
The Yvette Uugel divorce action 
against Dooley is still pending. 

Three performers playing Keeney's 
Brooklyn, N. Y., the first half of 
last week had a narrow escape 
Tuesday evening when they were 
hit and run down by an automobile 
at Nevins and Livingston streets, 
Brooklj n,. while on their way to the 
theatre. The players were Kdward 
Lanner, 60; Gladys Plamer, 21, and 
GIsie Mills, 34. They appear In a 
skit called "When We Grow Up." 
After having been treated for slight 
injuries the performers proceeded 
to the theatre and appeared In the 
ntght show as per schedule. 

M. A. Kashin, formerly m.anaKcr 
of the Ellsmere, Bronx, has re- 
signed and is with the Consolidated 
Amusement Enterprises, Inc, Harry 
O. Bernstein, former manager of 
Henderson's, Coney Island, has been 
assigned to that post at the Ells- 
mere. A change In policy at the 
Bllsmere was made last week, the 
house dropping the vaudeville por- 
tion for the first half and running 

I Mrs. Lillian Forsythe Coffey ha.n 
T joined Hnrry Walker's bool-lng t)f- 
flce staff, looking after the motion 
picture and production end. 

The license commissioner' can revoke a picture theatre's license arbi- 
trarily. His power is limited as applied to the legit house, according to the 
"Demi-Virgin" decision. It Is not at all unlikely, in view of the general 
notoriety regarding this evil, that if the license bureau head la not at some 
time given the arbitrary power to revoke any license, be will at last 
have the authority to suspend it. 

The suspension of a theatre's license where a "dirty show" is holding 
rorth would be as effective a slap in the face for the producing manager. 
The days the theatre retuaiii dosed he is losing thousands of dollars. That 
mercenary set-back hits right between the eyes. There could be nothing 
more effective. , , ,. 

Nobody recognizes more strongly than Commissioner Glatxmeyer that 
the revocation of a theatre's license would be a tough blow. In the 
statutes of the city of New York it means, in p'.aln language driving a man 
out of business, baldly amputating his means of livelihood. Once a license 
Is revoked, it is a permanent blackball agalntit the Individual. He can 
no longer secure any license necessary for the pursuit of his business. 
With the show business which Is Just one license afte« another, the 
esult is obvious. , ., . . , . > .^... ..■. 

The chief executive of an Important municipal department as the 
llceme bureau, after all, must obviously be a liberal individual and not 
petty in the exercising of his mandatory pcwcrs. Yet, the Broadway en- 
irepencurs' attitude may not m.ike it unlikely that when the next report 
of the department is submitted to, the mayor it will carr, a recommend- 
ation tor the amendment of the license commissioner's powers. 

right* were never offered for sale to his knowledge. The report from Lon- 
don was that the piece was of American authorship, but would l>« pre- 
sented there first. 

When Flo Ziegfeld Is out of town he spends a good part of his apare 
time sending telegrams to his office. Since being away with "Kid Boots." 
the new Eddie Cantor piece, the average cost to and fro has been about 
$150 dally. Morris Gest has the habit, but not so costly. Some years ago 
when a representative was in Ottawa, the latter shot a telegram asking 
why there was no answer to an urgent question. Morris filed a lengthy 
wire to this effect: "Wish you would please atop spending niy money on 
telegrams. Who do you think I am, John D. Rockefeller?" Morris left 
no doubt as to which Rockefelller he meant, and the chap in Ottawa had 
to pay the tolls. 

J. P. M<Evoy. the author of the newspaper serial, "The Potters," 
which readied the stage at the Plymouth last Saturday, ctmio out l)efor( 
the footUghts for an amateurish speech at the conclusion of the perform- 
ance. He was nut backward In boosting his native Chicago and the 
"Tribune" there. Mention of being fri.nhtened of New York audiences 
was Quallfled by the observation he should have khown better. Then he 
sprung a well used Joke. But McKvoy forgot mentioning the players, 
Rlchird Herndon, the producer, or Gus Duncan, the director. 

One of the players kidded the author in mentioning there were so 
many sets and so little room for the players that it looked as though 
he has started a new dramatic school. He believed it. 

That's something show business should try to avoid. 

An Amplifier on That "Still, Small Voice" 

Many instance* huve been pointed out to this newspaper of the new 
stylo In dramatic criticism since Variety begun i)rlnting its 'box .scores' 
of tlie reviewers. 

It is quite palpable many of the scoffing, free birds who wear nobody's 
collar, and who heretofore tore In without respon: Ibllity to reader, pub- 
lisher, manager or performer, now go out of their way to qualify their 
statements; to insert observations that, though they do not like a play, 
the audience seems to. or the like. 

What can it be? 

Of course, a critic has a conscience. That "still, small voice" is sup- 
posed to guide him when he puts a piece of paper in his typewriter and 
has at his finger-tips the'>power to ruin, humiliate, chagrin, misrepresent, 
smirch and ridicule earnest professionals who give their last ounce of 
energy to their efforts. 

But human affairs through the ages have proven that if Is always a 
a salutary and beneficent influence when that same "still, small voice" 
has a big, hard club behind It. 

There is no more effective club, by that token, than publicity. And 
when that publicity takes on the authority of (acts, figures and undeniable 
truth, it Is difficult to dodge, and dangeretTs to meet. 

The difference between savages and civilized citizens is that little 
matter of the accountability — to the public — through agencies of that 
public, official or natural. The whole truth, frankly told in a medium of 
wide circulation, is perhaps the most effective deterrent against tyrdnny 
injustice, recklessness and "loose talk." 

The critic these days, for the first time in history, knows when he sits 
down to do his reviewing, that he, too, will be reviewed. His word is no 
longer the last word, which it has been, beyond appeal or protest, since 
the institution of published stage criticism began. 

Now he is checked up. He must account to thousands — and those are 
the thousands in the world of the theatre, his world, the world In which 
he struts and in which he seeks to be feared. 

When that world finds out, in cold black and white, through figures in- 
disputable, that one of these peacocks is 700 per cent, crow, his chest may 
have to be pulled in a bit. So he now has it running in his head that when 
he makes free with his opinion he will be held to account for that opinion. 

There have been dozens of paragraphs of late In the daily theatrical 
reviews seeking to report the (acts as well as the opinions. 

If this is a welcome indication and a helpful innovation, the theatre 1» 
to be congratulated In that the. one irresponsible factor in theatrical 
prosperity and dignity has been made to realize that there is no immunity 
against high-handed utterances. 



A record for is claimed tor Raymond Hitchcock In ''rhc Old 
Soak" for the Inst three days Inst week at the Wieting. The gross was 
close to $5,000. As the rllr is noted as one of the worst legitimate stands 
In the state, Hitchy's business created considerable comment along 

Following complaints that the agencies wore exacting excess premiums 
tor "The Swan" at the Cort, no tickets for an extra mntlnee to be played 
Dec. 28 (Christmas week) have been given the brokers. The entire house 
was ordered sold at the box office and up to yesterday half the 
tickets had been disposed of. The tickets were sold without announcement 
of the added performance In the show's advertising. Two dailies, how- 
ever, carried a story on the direct box office eule, 

"The Blue Flare," reported in London advices as being listed for pro- 
duction there soon, ie the original title of Earl Carroll's "Bavu," the open- 
ing attraction of the Carroll theatre, Carroll states that the English 

"Best People," running In Chicago, is a surprise hit. That has been 
true of several productions of the Krohman office this season. Particu- 
larly "The Swan," one of Broadway's best bets. "Best People," at the 
Ade!phi, Woods' new Loop house, established a new legitimate record 
Sunday night by grossing $2,405, considered exceptional on the eve of the 
pre-hollday slump. 

George Holland, former newspaperman liere and In Boston, has joined 
the Sam H. Harris forces and has been assigned to'handle the publicity for 
the Music Box. with Frank Wilstach general press representative for Har- 
ris. Holland landed squarely with a money yarn that the dailies grabbed. 
One of the "Music Box Revue" choristers left home becauae her mother 
refused to part with a fractious monk, then summonsed ma to court 
for withholding her clolhes. Last spring Holland tried to put the Fine Arts 
theatre in Boston on the map. He produced a piece called "One Helluva 
Night," but th» best part of it was the press work, * 

Eva Le Galllenne, one of the brightest of the younger school of 
actresses, who is playing the feminine lead in "The Swan," ha« de- 
veloped what Is called a 'Duse complex." When the Italian tragedienne 
appeared here Miss Lc Galllenne always attended the performances (mati- 
nees only) and occupied a front row sent. Invariably when Duse entered 
Miss Le Galllenne stood up. 

After hearing of Duse's rather solitary mode of living she made almost 
Jaily visits to the visitor. Her feeling toward the older woman appears to 
be a form of hero worshrp and it has crept into Miss Le Galllonne's char- 
acterization of the Princess in "The Swan." Her gestures and make-up 
are Duse stuff. She screws up one eyebrow and one side of her face 
seems padded. The whole effect has resulted in her Princess being a much 
older person than when "The Swan" opened. 

The indulgence In such eccentricities Is taking unnecessary chance* of 
hiding her own native cleverness. 

Last week a stage manager for a well known producer got the shock 
or his young life as the result of alleged looseness of tongue. Ha cast 
iisperslons on the character of a red-headed Juvenile and the latter got 
completely steamed up. The actor requested the stage manager to come 
to his room. Then the Juvenile proceeded to treat the visitor to a severe 
beating and the stage manager has been sporting dark glasses since. 

The humorous angle is that the actor knew Just what might happen, 
nnd denned kid gloves after sending (or his mark. That eave<l lxl« 
knuckles. ., - . 

Misreprepenfatlon of the length of run a show had in New York la 
not confined to the legitimate Held. It is perpetrated with frequency in 
stock. Recently an upstate company advertised "Connie Goes Home" 
as being a "great New York comedy hit" and a "success in the New York 
sense of the word." The show did not last two weeks in New York. 
The "Just released" and "presented In stock (or the first time" are fre- 
quently used. Plays that have been on the stock market for a year or 
more are sometimes referred to as having been "just released," and 
pieces that have previously been given by a number of other stock com-' 
panics are announced as "presented (or the first time." 

Exaggeration of the amount of royally paid for a production is an- 
other thing that creeps into the press stuff and advertising of stock com- 
panies. Recently a press notice slated the royalty for "Civilian Cfothes'' 
was "double the usual amount." "Civilian Clothes" has been presentetl 
In stock since 1920. Some of the stuff which is erroneous may be the 
press matter written for the play when it was first released for stock nnd 
sent along with the script without the local p. a. taking the trouble to 
revise it. 

John Pollock had to t^ike a loss of $7,900 on the DeWolf Hopper 
opera company during its five weeks in Kansas City, although there 
under a weekly guarantee for 10 weeks of $4,900. If Pollock wants to 
recover he will have to sue almost the entire elite of K. C., since the 
show went in under the auspices ot the local Junior League as reprMcnted 
by Barry McCormlck. 

The flflal week Pollock's eettlement with the theatre was $1,400. He 
had ask^d to be released at the end of the third week, but the Ic.igue 
refused. McCormlck, formerly on the coast, left town toward the end 
of the Hopper run. 

Last week Hopper made some money In Milwaukee, and hag some good 
bookings in sight. 

Eddie Cantor had a song In "Kid Boots" the Detroit critics commented 
on and against. It was taken out after the first two performances, but 
later put back, it is said, at Flo Zlegteld's insistence. The show is in 
Cincinnati this week. Cantor is said to be at the head of a crackerjack 
show, with Ziegfeld claimed by some who profess to know to have spent 
$160,000 on the "Kid Boots" production, Zleggy started to Just put on a 
musical show without a splush, but like "Sally," with Marilyn Miller, 
after he got going he put It on right. 

The Ziegfeld management at the New Amsterdam, New York, got the 
idea that InterpoUiting Julia Sanderson and Frank Crumlt, both singles, 
into the performance slowed it up. There was no complaint against either 
of the singles but It didn't seem to strike the show management the per- 
formance ran as smoothly with the Interpolations us previously. Accord- 
ingly Miss Sanderson who left "The Follies' last Saturday will not be 
replaced nor will Mr. Crumlt who leaves this Saturday. 

When Marc Klaw refilled Hatcher Hughes' play, "The Runt,'' to "Hell 
Bent," It brought several complaints from different sources. David' 
Belasco advised Klaw he had a manu.-crlpt under consideration, which 
Mrs. Louis V, DeFoe (widow ot the late dramatic critic) co-authored, 
with a similar iltle. It also developed that five years ago Carl Laemmle 
produced for Universal a similarly titled film. 

That prompted a I'haiige to the present title, ''Hell Bent for Heaven," 
Klaw opining that In the event the play proved a hit he had no gimrantee 
Universal might not revive the film. Th.^ iiliy. another of those North 
Carolina themes. Is the work of a native oi lliat St.Tte, currently a profes- 
sor ot English at Columbia I'niiciNlty. 

t:- :>... 



Thursday, December 13, 1923 


Bad Break in Week for Holiday Main Reason — 
Some Houses Will Tilt, but Under Usual New 
Year's Eve Scale 

For the first time In several sca- 
•ons extreme high prices will not 
be charged by Broadway's theatres 
for the New Year's eve perferm- 
•nce. The usual upward tendency 
lias been partially thwarted by ac- 
tion of the ticket brokers, who with- 
•ut exception were stung on the 
recent "football night" loft rates. 

The attitude of the brokers Is to 
"let the box ofllces worry." There 
la no eecret the agencies are counted 
on to distribute the bulk of holiday 
tickets, i>artlcularly for the hlt;h 
■cale performances such as New 
Year's eve. Several houses which 
proposed charging "up to the hilt." 
when acquainted by the brokers 
that only "regulars" would be han- 
dled, revised the prices downward. 
Regardless the agencies appear tn 
have decided not to load up with 
allotments for that nicht, figuring 
the chances are against a big de- 
mand from the regular lower lloor 

The day before New Year's fall: 
on Monday, probably the real rea.xon 
why the brokers are guard Ini; 
ag.ainst over-stocking. The rtii'ale 
men say the location of the hoUiIuy 
provides an opportunity for the 
money class to leave New York 
over the week-end and remain out 
of town until Wednesday. As they 
get the bulk of their trade from 
such patrons, indications are for a 
lighter call than usual for orchestra 
locations. Some line has been gut- 
ten by the brokers already from 
their trade. 

There will be plenty of price lift- 
ing by theatree nevertheless, and 
the higher the tickets the greater 
chance of loss is possible by the 
brokers. Only one musical show will 
charge 111 top. "The Steppinp; 
Stones," whereas last year two or 
three attraction* worked that top. 
The "Music Box Revue" will charse 
$7.70 top, the seme as for the •Army- 
Navy football night, but as against 
$11 for last New Year's eve. The 
"Follies" will hold to its usual $5.5n 
top. "Greenwich Village Follies" 
will be priced at $6.60, which may 
apply also for "Artists and Models" 
and possibly "Topics of 1923." The 
new "Mary Jane McKane" will be 
$6.60, the same scale going for its 
premiere Christmas eve. •"Poppy" 
will be $5.50 and the same for "Wild- 
flower." The latter prices are not 
far above the usual holiday ecnlesi 
but "Little Jessie James" counts a.s 
an exception, since It is $3.50 Satur- 
day night but will charge $6.60 for 
New Year's eve. 

Some of the non -musicals arc 
charging as much as the musicals 
for that nlg'ht. In the $5.60 claF.s 
"The Changelings," "Chicken Feed" 
and "Tarnish" are listed so far. 

The state comptroller, who if 
charged with enforcing the law 
against high resale prices, ha« or- 
dered 73 ticket agencies to obtain 
licenses and (lie bonds of $1,000 each 
as a guarantee not to sell tickets 
at more than 60 cents over the box- 
ofnce price. The lists of brokers 
detailed by the state offlolal came 
as a surprise. It not being known 
so many agencies existed in New 
Yoi*. The ofUces named do not In- 
clude branches. 


Court of Appeals Decides for 
N. Y. Theatre'Sale Minor- 
ity Stocl(holders 

Albany, Dec. 12. 

The litigation over the sale of the 
New York theatre property in 1919, 
in the courts four years, was adjudi- 
cated by the Court of Appeals In 
favor of the majority siookholders 
headed by Marc Klaw. 

The minority stockholders, head- 
ed by A. L. Erl.Tnser. William Har- 
ris and the Nixon- Nirdllnger inter- 
ests, were the plaintiffs, dissented 
from the sale, askini^ for an ap- 
praisal of the minority stock. Tbie 
is the first case of the several litiga- 
tions pending between Klaw and 
Krlanger that has been finally dis- 
posed of, and is a Klaw victory. 

The Erianger faction also scored 
several points, but the actual gain 
was eaten up by litigation costs. 
The New York tlieiitro property, lo- 
cated on Brj).iU\vay, 43rd and 44th 
streets. New York, was sold by the 
l''rohman-Klaw interests for $3,200,- 
000. Frohman was willing to selling 
to Famous because the latter con- 
trols Frohman, Inc. Klaw also ac- 
quiesced. lOrlaiitier's petition for an 
appraisal resulted in Bryan L. Ken- 
nerly, Phoenix Ingraham (Justice- 
elect of the New York Supreme 
Court) and Carlyle Norwood being 
appointed appraisers. It was held 
the value of the property waa 
$3,600,000, representing an increase 
in value of $50 per share to the Elr- 
langer minority stockholders. 

The Erianger faction was allowed 
$63,000 Interest, which the Court Of 
Appeals denied on the ground the 
lower court had erred in allowing 
that amount. 

A question of plottage value was 
also involved. In July, 1923, the Ap- 
pellate Division fixed the value at 
$3,292,500, holding that an allowance 
of 15 per cent, for plottage value was 
excessive and that the proper figure 
was 10 per cent. This reduced the 
Erianger claim $133,750. 

It is an importaiM decision in the- 
atrical and other real estate deals. 
Justice Clarence J. Shearn's conten- 
tion, as counsel for the New York 
Theatre Co., that the findings of ap- 
praLsers In such a litigation are sub- 
ject to Judicial review, was upheld 
by the highest state court. 

Gtizens on Plays 

The following replies to the 

Inquiring Rsporter's question In 

the New York "Sun and Qlobe," 

"Are the present attack* on the 

New York theatrical productions 

Justified?" apeak for themselves: 

1.— H. C. L.'utM, leather, 75 

Menahan street, Brooklyn — I 

attend the theatre and as yet I 

have failed to see anything 

that could be called immoral or 

suggestive. Reformers usually 

can pick something that they 

have an objection to and they 

call it unclean. The attacks 

are not Justified. 

2. — James B. Smith, railroad 
business, 280 Broadway. — A 
question arises. Wl.u Is to 
blame for the so-called sug- 
gestive plays — the author, pro- 
ducer, or the public? I think 
the publicity given to these 
plays Is followed by a rush of 
morbid curiosity seekers. I 
cannot say that the plays that 
I have witnessed are in any 
way immoral or unclean. I 
think these attacks are unwar- 

3. — A. J. Stevens, salesman, 
2497 Eighth avenue. — It all de- 
pends on what you define as 
immoral, I Von't think the at- 
tacks are Justified. I have 
failed to find anything sug- 
gestive or vulgar in the present 
general run of plays. 

4. — A. J. Green, salesman, B82 
81st street, Brooklyn. — One or 
two of the plays being pro- 
duced In Mfcw York at the 
present time are not fit to be 
seen. They are patronized 
chiefly by a certain element on 
that account, but I don't think 
there is an occasion to attack 
the general run of pla.vs that 
are being produced today. 

6. — W. Wagner, salesman, 
132 St. Marks avenue, Brook- 
lyn. — There are legitimate 
plays and moving pictures th.Tt 
are meant by the management 
to convey and give a morbid 
and Jaded audience a thrill. I 
consider these should be given 
the absent treatment. Why 
give them publicity? Roast 
them and the public will al- 
ways flock to see them: let 
them alone, and they will soon 
die out. The attack is unjusti- 


Julian Alfred Alleges Philip 
Goodman Guaranteed Per- 
centage for "Poppy" 


Three 'Years With Ann Nichols at 

$170 Weekly— May Get 

Into Court 

A case of an alleged verbal con- 
tract will be Ironed out In the forth- 
coming tilt between Anna Boris,, and Ann Nichols and others 
of the management of "Abie's Irish 

JILss Boris, appearing with Olga 

Petrova In "Hurricane," claims to 

have been approached to play one 

The action of the state ofnolaljof the parts in the Chicago presen- 

followcd the decision by the Aj 
peltate Dlvielnn of the Supreme 
Couin last week upholding the state 
and city laws against excess pre- 
nilumM. It \v:i« Rluled, howrvev, 
that the district attorney of New 
York would not proceed igalnst the 
brokers until the matter had been 
finally decided by the Court of Ap- 
peals, Among ticket men the feel- 
ing exists that the high court will 
reverse the Appellate branch an.l 
• re willing to wager on the result 
Only five agencies were n.nmed as 
having taken out lloen.^es. They arc 
MoBride's. Tyson * Co., Hascnni 
Macy ft Co. and Nathan I.evinson 


Differences between Lester I.omr- 
■«n and A. H. Woods led to tlir CORT'S PRICE $750,000 

resignation of the former as Wonds' Chicago, Dec. 12 

general stage director this wccl;. The Cort is still on the market 
Other directors are taking up liislwlth ir. J. (Spoit) Herrmann asking 
work, one being W. II. Gillmore |$T.'i0.000. 

tatlon of "Abie," and promised a 
three years' eiigagement at $170 a 

Miss Boris left the Petrova show 
and rehearsed with "Abie," nine 
days after which she was told her 
services would not be required. 

The actress appealed to Equity, 
with the latter sustaining the right 
of the Nichole odlce to replace her 
under the ten-day cl.uise. The ver- 
bal contract angle was explained 
later and the matter is to be arbl- 
tratid throuch Kijuily. 

Friends of Miss Boris assert she 
has witnesses to the verbal agree- 
ment and should an unfavorable 
verdict be rendered she will carry 
llie n.atter into the courts. 

Philip Ooodman, producer of 
"Poppy," is being sued by Julian 
Alfred, the stage director, for an ac- 
counting for bis share of the play's 
profits on a one per cent, of the 
gross contract. 

Alfred alleges he was engaged to 
stage the Madge Kennedy musical 
at $500 a week during rehearsals and 
and a permanent one per cent. In- 
terest. He alleges non-payment 
since September and wants a re- 
ceiver appointed to afford him an 

The show Is alleged to be averag- 
ing $20,000 weekly. 


Buzxslt's New Show (following 
Jan. 6. 

Robert Mantell will follow David 
Warfield at the Illinois with Shake- 
spearean rep. for two week^? begin- 
ning Dec. 24. "Adrienne* was to 
have ployed the date at this house, 
but Louis Wcrba owner of the .show 
decided he did not want to come 
Into Chicago at the same time as 
"Ziegfeld's Follies" so set the date 
back until the end of January. 

Eddie Biizzell's "Town Clown" is 
scheduled at the Illinois to follow 
Mantell Jan. (. 


Both Shows There Xmas Week— "Follies" Against 
"Passing* Show" ii^ Chicago — ^Ziegfeld' Scales 
"Kid Boots" Above Bombo 


Native Investor Alleges Mis- 
representation on $7,500 

i _ 

Oakland, Cal., Dee. 12. 

C. C. Warren, local atock and 
bond broker, has been arrested on 
complaint of Henry Jameson of 
Olenn County, on a charge of mis- 
representing the {soundness of stock 
in the Morosco Holding Co. 

According to Jameson, he was In- 
duced to convert $7,500 of Guaran- 
tee Moragage Company's stock Into 
30 shares of preferred and 120 of 
common Morosco stock last June. 
At that time he claims the stock 
was represented as first rate and 
the company as solvent. 

The company went into the hands 
of a receiver the following month. 


Davis' Action Dismissed Against 
Rita Weiman 

Judge Learned Hand In the U. S. 
District Court of New York this 
week, dismissed Charles Belmont 
Davis' complaint against Rita Wei- 
man, authoress and playwright. 
Davis, a brother of Richard Hard- 
ing Davis, charged Infrlngment by 
Miss Weiman, alleging her "The 
Stage Door" story, printed In the 
"Saturday Evening Post" and later 
screened by Famous Players as 
"After the Show." was a plagiarism 
of his "At the Cafe" from 
his book of short stories, "The Bor- 
derland of Society," published In 
1898. The defense waa she never 
heard of the plaintiff's book. 

Judge Hand, in dismissing the 
complaint, opined both stories were 
trite and that any similarity was a 
natural coincidence. 


'Music Box Revua" en Saturday 

A clown Xmas party will be staged 
by the entire "Music Box Revue" 
the Saturday night before Christ- 
mas at the Hotel Alaraac, New 
York, with Frank Tinney and Flor- 
ence Moore to officiate as the 
Santas. A hokum Xmas tree will 
be part of the scenery with useless 
gifts not exceeding 25 cents In value 
,ach as the "presents." 

Bo far Tinney Is reported due to 
receive 17 baby rattles and three 
milk bottles. 


Despite frantic efforts by night 
and day shifts of workmen. It doesn't 
look like "Mary Jane McKane" will 
hang up her etocltings In the Shu- 
berfs new Imperial Christmas Eve. 
as signs on the unfinished house 

The Imperial, a neighbor of the 
Klaw and running ;hrough from 
46lh street to 46th. Is far from a 
finished product, with less than two 
weeks to fro to the advertLsed open- 
ing date. 

There is -luch to be done. Inside 
and outside the house, and it Is 
likely the Mary Hay show will have 
to stay over in Boston awhile or be 
shoved Into some other Shubert 
house. If any. 


"Out of the Past" will not repose 
In a state of collapse through the 
withdrawal of Its backer-star, Irene 
Nelson. Adele Hemming, author of 
the piece, and also said to have been 
financially Interested, will take it 

Rehearsals will be resumed with 
another actress replacing Mls.s 


The bulk of the fortune of Frank 
McKee, theatrical manager, who 
died 13 months ago today (Nov. 13. 
1922) is left to his widow, she get- 
ting $48,596 of the $71,096 estate he 
possessed. Sam McKep, his brother, 
gets $5,000. Another brother, Brain- 
erd, gets $2,500. 

The appral.sal of the estate was 
made this week. 

The holidays will again see a 
highly competitive condition among 
musical attractions in Chicago'* 
Loop, the main contenders being 
Ziegfeld's "Follies""" and the Shu- 
berts' "Passing Show of 1923." The 
latter show opened at the Apollo 
last month, while the "Follies" will 
bow in Chrestmas Eve. 

The same managers will oppose 
each other Christmas iM%ek In Pitts- ' 
burgh also, when Al Jolson In 
"Bombo" will have Eddie Cantor 
against him In Ziegfeld's new piece, 
"Kid ^oots." 

This week the Shuberts arc said 
to have rushed a man to Chicago 
with the properties necessary for 
the "sh^dowgruphic" bouncing ball 
effect now used In the new "Fol- 
lies" at the New Amsterdam. The 
novelty appears to have been sold 
Zieggy for Uroadway only, and the 
controllers of the idea easily dis- 
posed of the Chicago riglits. 

Ziegfeid determined to strengthen 
for Chicago by engaging Pam Ber- 
nard and William Collier, The two- 
star team had been reported lined 
up for the new "Follies" some timfl 
nixo. The Shuberts are planning to 
inject Ualiagher and t^hean into the 
"Passing Show" >ii Chicago as a 
coimter move. The ".'VIlKters" re- 
cently received a stay in the courts 
ordering them back to the Shuberts, 
but it is believed the man.Tgers have 
about reached a on the 
matter of salary, which is the only 
factor interesting to Galiifgher and 

.if Chicago, Dec, 12. 
Loop ticket brokers have balked 
against the program laid out by 
Flo Ziegfeld for the "Follies" en- 
gagement atartlnr- Christmas Eve, 
the agencies refusing to handle al- 
lotments at $4.40 top under the con- 
ditions Ziegfeld has Imposed. He 
has insisted the brokers, buy extend 
for nine weeks, with no returns, 
and that the agencies take the same 
quantity of tickets every week. 

Pittsburgh, Dec. 12. 

When "Kid Boots" and "Bombo" 
oppose each other locally the Can* 
tor show will retail at $4.40 by or- 
der of Ziegfeld, while Jolaon's 
"Bombo," It Is expected, will be at 

Ziegfeld will advertise "Kid 
Boots," guaranteeing It Is a better 
show than "Sally." .. 


Prs-Holiday Dullness Hurts Cast* 
„ ing Offices 

Production Inactivity, due to th« 
pre-holiday slump and the whole- 
sale closing of road shows. Is play- 
ing havoc with a number of castlnf 
offices In the Broadway district. 

One office in particular has felt 
It more than others, and has found 
it necessary to embark upon more 
than one sugar chasing expedition 
to meet ofilce expenses. In more 
than one Instance the head of this 
office has been a scant Jump ahead 
of a dispossess. 

With a marked decrease In pro- 
duction output this year as against 
last year, due mainly to bad road 
conditions and prohibitive rental 
guarantees demanded for theatres 
in cosmopolitan cities, all casting 
olllces have been affected. A few 
have closed but the others are being 
kept going, hoping against hope 
that the New Year will be livelier. 


Paul Trebltsch Is being sued for 
$4,040.L'6 in the New York Supreme. 
Court by the Superior Pjoductions," 
Inc., for moneys loaned In connec- 
tion with "Four-ln-Han.l," a Hop 
legit try at the Greenwich Village. 
New York, featuring Gellna Koper- 

Trebltsch, through Julian tT 
Abeles. generally denies on the 
ground it was a joint venture. 

Trebltsch Is Interested in other 
productions. Including "Little Jesse 

k— JS"'Ei't.i,;/£JJlfL<»l.i»' ^>. 

Thursday, December 13, 1923 





Next Week Expected to Inaugurate Dullest Period 
of Season — Even Strongest Attractions Show 
Drop in Gross as Christmas Draws Nigh 

The duUost time of Uie season Is 
datod from next Monday. Any 
doubt as to the fffrict of the prc- 
Chrlstmas period on Broadway 
could be rlRhted by a survey of the 
business early tiiis- week. There 
may have been a couple of real ca- 
pacity audiences rfKistered, but 
hardly more tlian tlir;t, even the 
smashes nc'.mittliis a crop of at 
least a few hundred dollars In pace. 
As a matter of record, the sea- 
aopal drop in attendance started 
last wuck, and estiniales up until 
Christmas h.;r<ily liirnisli a true line 
on the ll.'<t. 

During the fall, 13 non-mualcals 
priced at $.3 top entered New York, 
that prob.ably belnB a greater num- 
ber than fcr ;iriy .<;lmilar period 
heretofore. The lol'tcd Fc.iles, how- 
ever, were no indicall(<n of the 
merit of thone altraitions, and the 
count show.s only .six of the group 
arerati<1 suore.vsful , Tlicy are "The 
ChantfellnpH," 'Tarni.«h" (which 
Jumped the scale alter opening). 
"Spring Cleanlnfr," "Cyrano De Ber- 
eerac," "I.<;iush, Clown, Laugh," and 

The undisputed failures at the 
high prices are "Casanova," "The 
Royal Fandanf^o," "Scaramouche," 
"A Lo.'?son in Love" and "Robert E. 
Ijoe." There are .several others cur- 
r^t havinp little chance to land. 
Amons them is "tio West, Young 

XJii.o number <if attr.aclions leaving 
aJBd arrivinR has d:oi)ped oft pend- 
Int; the of the holidays. 
Chelstmas week promises at least 
eeven now offerings: "The Rise of 
Koal* O'Reilly" succeeding "The 
Mafric Ring' at the Liberty, "Mary 
Jan* McKane" opening the new Im- 
perial (maybe), "The Wild West- 
oojtts" relighting the Frazee, "The 
Miracle" unfolding at the Century, 
"Th« Alarm Clock" succeeding 
Time" at the 39th Street, "Joan of 
Arc" succeeding "The Failures" at 
th« Oarrick, and "The Bluebeard" 
revived for the hoUd.iys at the 59th 

Next week two premieres are 
llatcd. The Hippodrome reopens 
Undar Keith management, and la In- 
■terestlng all of New York. David 
Belaaco will debut Fay Balnter In 
"The Other Rose," which takes the 
Moroaco next Thursday night, the 
dramatic version of "Scaramouche" 
•topiilns at that house Saturday. 
"Cyrano De Bergerac" will resume 
lit the National, "The Shame 
Woman" moving for the fourth time 
and entering the Comedy, now dark. 
"Hamlet's" Leap 
The feature of last week's busl- 
» B« was the leap In takings for the 
TSturn three weeks' date of John 
Bairymore In "Hamlet." There was 
•om* question as to the judgment 
of booking the attraction In so big 
a house as the Manhattan, but the 
opening pace of $19,000 was In- 
•riMtsed to $34,500 for Ia<st week 
(second week) at a time when 
Broadway's takings were declining. 
This week the Carrymore show may 
reach $30,000, which means capac- 
ity. There was a $14,000 advance 
sale up to Monday, tickets being 
■old almost entirely at tiie box 

Home grnsses dropped plummot- 
Uke last weel;, one musical being 
know nto hnve siiiiped over $7,000 
Dramatic atti-actions slipped as 
much as $!.000. anticipated after 
the extra matinee Thanksgiving 
Week. Ak I' the lenders were 
Jioi mucli ill'in'ud. 

Amontr the newer arrival."! "Laugh. 
CIi">wn, l.aiiir'i. " I mks set for a run 
at the liolaso. I''iir the first time 
the house is i;4in^ $3 top and 
the gross clajmi d fir last week was 
not mui-h undii- Six.oo'i. 

: "The Lady" Steps In 

"The Lady," uhirli riiirafeu failed 
to like, appc.irs to have a good 
chance to l.imi luie. Its first week 
at the Knipire drew $9,400 without 
the agonries beintj asked to buy 
That gross \v;is for seven perform- 
ancea (opened Tuesday) and this 
week the brukei» bought despite the 

Jane Cowl widi "Pelleas and Me!l- 
■ande," drew ;i!inut the same figure 
at the Times Square, also in. eeven 

performances. The attraction will 
probably draw on the strength of 
the star for a time, but the Maeter- 
linck play la not designed for more 
than a repertory attraction for Miss 
Cowl. This Saturday both perform- 
ances have been announced for 
"Romeo and Juliet" in which the 
.star made a sensational record last 

"The Potters," which opened at 
the Plymouth Saturday, won fine 
notices, bul started this week out 
to small business. The show may 
jump with word-of -mouth advertis- 
ing supplementing the criticisms, 
but a long run is hprdly indicated 

The only premiere this week was 
"The Business Widow" at the Rlti: 
with Leo Ditrichstein and Lola 
Fisher having announced "Outward 
Round" for Jan. 7, but the "Widow" 
lines up as weak. 

"In the Next Room" stood up 
stronKly at the Vanderbllt, getting 
over $11,000 last week, while "Meet 
the Wife" also held its own at the 
Klaw with $10,000 drawn. Both fig- 
ures are regarded as promising for 
the slump going. 

On the Subway 

"Caroline" at the RIverIa was 
quoted topping the subway business 
last week, with about $12,600 
drawn, Thurston with his magic 
show grossed $7,000 at the Majestic. 
Rrooklj n. "Dew Drop Inn" goi 
$7,300 at the Bronx Opera house, 
"The Last Warning" was a fair 
draw at Tellers and "The Awful 
Truth" closed a 10 weeks' season at 
the Shubert, Newark. 

Cut Rataa Dwindle 

The cut rata list thia week 
dropped to 13 In number while In 
the advance agencies the buya con- 
tinued to number 23. Business In 
the agencies was generally reported 
as decidedly oft this week. ThIa Is 
In a great measure undoubtedly due 
to the fact that the daily papers 
have been playing op the fact that 
there aha teen a lot of gypping go- 
ing on. 

The list of buya had an addition 
during the week In "The lAdy" at 
the' Empire for which they took 
260 seata a night for four weeks. 
The complete list Includes "Poppy" 
(Apollo), "Laugh, Clown Laugh," 
(Belasco), "Seventh Heaven" 
(Booth), "Topics of 1923" (Broad- 
hurst), "Rain" (Klllott), "Spring 
Cleaning" (Eltinge), "The Lady" 
(Kmpiro), "One Kisa" (Pulton), 
"Aren't We All" (Gaiety), "Stepping 
Stones" (Globe), "Nervous Wreck" 
(Harris), "Sancho Panza" (Hud- 
son), "Lullaby" (Knickerbocker), 
"The Maglo Ring" (Liberty), 
"Chicken Feed" (Little), "Little 
Misa Bluebeard" (Lyceum), "Music 
Box Revue" (Music Box), "Follies" 
(Amsterdam), "Artists and Models" 
(Shubert), "In the Next Room" 
(Vanderbllt), and "Greenwich ■Vil- 
lage Follies" (Winter Garden). 

In the cut rates the 13 were 
"Vanities of 1923" (Carroll), "Adrl- 
enno" (Cohan), "Running Wild" 
(Colonial), "Sharlce" (Daly'a). 
"Queen Victoria" (48th St.), "White 
Cargo" (Greenwich Village), "Scara- 
mouche" (Morosco), "Shame Wo- 
man" (National), "Chains" (Play- 
house), "Go West Young Man" 
(Punch and Judy). ' Buslnes.s 
Widow" (RIt!!), "Time" (39th St.) 
.ind "Village Follies" (Winter Gar- 


Making Long Runs in Bur- 
lesque Houses — Plays 
Studebaker Date 

The success of "Abie's Irish Rose" 
on Broadway and on tour is be- 
coming an epic of show business. 
Now that the Chicago booking mud-' 
die h.TS been squared, predictions are 
that the Anne Nichols comedy will 
remain there a year. 

Forced to independent bookings, 
"Able" has beaten down all the bar- 
riers that would atop any other play, 
and it has "broken" all the rules. 
Houses which no other attraction 
would accept have been secured for 
"Able" and the .sho\/ ''as created un- 
heard-of runs In ordinary week or 
three-day stands. 

Already It has entered four the- 
atres formerly playing burlesque. 
That i« true of Columbus, whcre'the 
show Is in Its ninth week. The house 
has canceled all 6ther bookings for 
January and February. Last sea- 
■son the same house offered Mutual 
burlesque. It needed three weeks to 
make the local populace accept It, 
and from then on capacity has been 
the rule. 

"Able" Is In Its 14th week In Cleve- 
land In a theatre which changed its 
policy frequently, and Is still going 
strong In Toronto, with the same 
number of weeks to Its credit to 
date. The summer run in Montreal 
was In a former burlesque house. 
When the piece was forced out of 
the Pitt, Pittsburgh, In Its 24th week, 
"Able" mo'ved to a burlesque the- 
atre and remained five weeks longer. 

Late last week Lee Shubert 
backed down from the demands 
made conditional upon "Abie" play- 
ing the Studebaker, Chicago, and 
the Nichols comedy will open there 
Dec. 23. Shubert had taken the posi- 
tion that in order to play the house 
"Abie's" future bookings would have 
to be placed through his ofllce. Miss 
Nichols refused, and probably 
through the implied warning from 
M. L. Malevlnsky, her attorney, sev- 
eral weeks'~ago that an anti-trust 
suit might be filed against the Shu- 
berta, the matter waa finally set- 

Under the agreement "Able" will 
be technically booked for the Stude- 
baker by the Shubert office. That 
protects the Shubert contract carry- 
ing with It the exclusive right to 
book the house. But the Shuberts 
receive no compensation from the 
attraction nor are they to book 11 
further. Originally "Able" was 
booked by Gazzolo and Hanks, who 
control the Studebaker, and had the 
attraction entered without opposi- 
tion from the Shuberts their booking 
contract might have been broken. 

The managers and Chicago attor- 
neya came la New York for the set- 


Lo.s AnKoies, Den. 12. 
Mary Newromb, who Is visiting 
here, says »ho is looking for a local 
theatre for A, II. Woods who wishes 
to produce on the coast. 


Hartman-Steindorf Operating Coaat 

San Francisco, Dec. IJ. 

Ferris Hartman and Paul Steln- 
dorf have taken a Ica-^e on the Ca- 
sino and will open it Dec. 23, pre- 
senting light opera. 

The first bill will be "The Toy- 

Richard Wilbur has been appoint- 
ed houKo manugur. 


Rome, Dec. 18. 
Gabrlelle d'Annunzio (Italian poet 
and former diplomat) Is on the sick 
list, suffering with throat trouble 
He Is 69 years of age. 

Frank Egan Returna 
Frank Egan, the Ix)s Angeles pro- 
ducer, who came East to arrange 
for several new productions In New 
York, haa been called back Weat. 
He left Wednesday aftemooD and 
will be gone three weeka. 


"The Vas^ibond," a new comedy 
by Wilson Cfjillson, was placed in 
rehearsal this week by a new pro- 
ducing firm known aa Vagabond. 
Inr., of which Frank Teller la man- 
aging director. 

The cast Includes Ix>ula Bcnnlson 
Anzonetta Lloyd, Robert T. Haines, 
William Boyd, Tom Jarkson, Wil- 
liam Lambert, Ann Reader and 
Marie Valroy. 


"The Gift," with Doria Kenyon. 
wound up Its preliminary tour Sat- 
urday and the company haa been 
returned to New York. 

After several cast changes, th* 
piece will reopen New Year's Eve. 

Lay Off Any Week 

What the E^qulty offlclala an- 
nounced aa a concession to the 
managers (permission to lay off 
their shows the week before 
Christmas and Holy week) with- 
out paying salaries has been con- 
siderably broadened In scope by 
its latest ruling. 

It concedes that In view of the 
bad business conditions prevail- 
ing, a ra.nnager may choose his 
own week for closing without 
paying salaries. 

That Is he may close any one 
week In the season and can 
charge that week against the 
week before Christmas or Holy 
Week, both of which must then 
be played. 

A case in point Is ''A Love 
Scandal" of which Norman 
Trevor In the Equity deputy. 

Trevor is high In the councils 
of Equity. "A Love Scandal" is 
off this week without salary 
payment. Ita actors were in- 
formed this lay off week la be- 
ing substituted for the week be- 
fore Christmas. The ehow re- 
opens Monday at the Majestic, 

Chamberlain Brown Stan — ^No. 4 

Discovered by Mr. Brown aa the 
Queen In "Hamlet" and brought to 
Now York for her debut after thirty 
years at stock. Miss Curtis made 
the grandmother In Arthur Henry's 
"Time" one of the outstanding hits 
of the season. 


Brokers Reduce Holdings as Rssult 
of Laundering Process on Show 

On Wednesday afternoon the ad- 
vance ticket brokers had cut their 
buys on the Shubert production 
"Artists and Models." They were 
all loaded up heavily for the first 
eight weeks on the ehow on the 
strength of the "dirt" reports at the 

Seemingly, the cleaning up has 
caused a flop In the demand, and 
the brokers have likewise cut. They 
have been compelled during the past 
week to dump on several occasions 
to the exit rates on what they had 
over on the ehow. 

Oakland, Cal , Dec. 1$. 

Jack Russell, comedian at the 
Century, offered no opposition to 
the divorce suit of his wife, known 
professionally as Bernadine Stead. 
She waa granted an Interlocutory 
decree on the ground of cruelty. In 
the local Superior Court. 

A settlement out of court gave 
$1,700 and the furniture of their 
home to Mrs. Russoll. 


That another and probably final 
break between John Murray Ander- 
son and Bohemians, Inc., producers 
of "Greenwich Village Follies" l.« 
imminent became known this week 
when Anderson filed suit agalrLst hip 
former employers for $6,000 which 
he alleges Is di<e him In back royal- 
ties for divers editions of "Green- 
wich Village Follies'" which Ander- 
son conceived and staged. 


Showmen are yenrning for Florida 
early his season. Irving Berlin has 
already gone to Palm Beach for 
the winter. B. Ray Goetz. traveled 
with him but will shortly return. 
Matty Zimmerman has gone t« 
Miami until the holiday.^, tvl-.en he 
win return to Joe Leblang's Pubiio 
Service office. 


Makes Agreeable Xmas Pres- 
ent — Suggestion for Group 

Nellie Revella "Right Oft the 
Chest," the book written by the In- 
valid while on a hospital cot, la cur- 
rently available at Its regular pub- 
lication sale price, $2.60. It may- 
be -ecured in single or larger lota 
by remitting the necessrry amount 
to Nellie Revell at the Hotel Som- 
erset. West 47th street. New York 

It has been suggested by the com- 
mittee In charge thus far that since 
Inquiry has been made by traveling 
companies or vaudeville bills how 
each member may procure a "Right 
Off the Chest." that a group sub- 
scription be taken up In the com- 
pany or bill, with (|^ $2.80 for each 
volume handed to the collector, who 
can forward It to MUs Revell. The 
full quota of books will be returned 
in one package or as directed. 

Many appllcatlone have been re- 
ceived for one Or more booka, the 
aubscrlbers mentioning they wanted 
to make Christmas presents of 
them, believing It the nicest holl- 
day remembrance possible. Books 
at present subscribed for directly 
to Miss Revell will be Immediately 

The "committee in charge" so far 
has been merely a committee in 
name only. It constated of a few 
fellows who thought they might 
promote Mlaa Revell's book to her 
beat Interest, Under that impres- 
sion, and without consulting Mlaa 
NelUe, they have oltered the book 
in three editions and at three prices. 
The first la what la known as the 
$100 book, given no publicity, with 
a selected list of names written for 
an extraordinary edition at tWat fig- 
ure. The extraordinary portion was 
the binding. lu reading matter 
with a preface by Irvin Cobb and 
Illustrations by some of America'a 
moat famoua artlsU remain the 

The $10 book, aa mentioned in 
Variety laat week, la a de luxe edi- 
tion, leather bound, with each vol- 
ume subscribed for at that figure, 
autographed by Nellie RevelL 

The regular edition at $2.60 per 
copy (which la the retail book- 
dealer'a price) Is prettily bound 
with an attractive jacket bearing 
Misa Revell'e portrait as done by 
Jamea Montgomery Flagg upon tta 

Several aasoclatlona of theatrical 
and preae men are promoting the 
sale of "Right Oflf the Chest" for 
Nellie's benefit and in their own 
way, without Interference. It is 
ail done out of free good will and 
voluntary In recognition of an op- 
portunity through the book that 
Misa Revell wrote alone, In long 
hand, while In bed. 

The book la of ai>proxlmately 340 


Injured Qirl's Plucky Fight Agsinst 

Pudgle Rose, the victim of an 
automobile accident Nov. 6, and 
whose life was despared of at the 
New York Hospital (to which In- 
stitution ah^ waa taken) la putting 
up a plucky fight against the pos- 
sibility of being a cripple when 
well enough to be dl.icharged. 

An x-ray examination last Friday 
.showed the lower bones of the 
spinal column have not yet knit. 
Pudgie is comp»lIcd to lie practi- 
cally motionless day and night to 
allow thU» Important function to oc- 

Her physical condition outside of 
tills Is much improved and the pain 
has almost entirely ceased. 

Pudgie is a hit with the doctorj 
and nurses on account of her uni- 
form cheerfulness and they are all 
pulling for her complete recovery. 

William A. Brady has sufTercd an- 
other shift of plans and has Inden- 
nltely eidetracked his production of 
".Simon Called Peter," calculated to 
follow "Chains" Into the Playhouse, 
New York, In January. 

A tentative cast had been asaem- 
blpd I.Tst week. This week the play- 
ers were Informed that the produc- 
tion had been IndefinUely post- 





Tfnmday, December IS, II 


Show Stopping, but Picture 
Remains — "Adrienne" Leav- 
ing Averaged $17,000 

Three attractions will leave 
Broadway at the end of the week. 
There are a number of mnall gross 
shows contlnuinK, but timed to run 
until New year's, counting on 
sharing In *tg holiday business. 
"Adrienne" ends a creditable Broad- 
way engagement Saturday. It Is a 
hoIdoTOr attraction and not only 
lasted through the •ummer but 
proved its class by sticking through 
the highly competitive fall season, 
lor a total of 2» w«ekB at the 
Cohan. It averaged better than 
I1T.M4 and bettered »20.«M several 

•*8«araraouche" stops after trying 
for eight weeks »» the Morosco. 
The draii»atle production ot a for- 
eign author much advertised 
through the concurrent ptctor* ez- 
hlUtkin failed ta aid tka play as 
expected. The opening pace was 
Under tS.SM and never got mu<-h 
above that mark thoogh (fie scale 
was priced at W 39 top. La«t week 
waa oft and the piece Is closing to 
about X.OIO gross. The estimated 
loss Is t75.0««i 


At the Morosco since Oct. 24 
and piaying against tlw Metro 
pictum af tha same nama, the 
premrar was B«et by tha majority 
of reviewers turning in notices 
containing favorable eamment. 

"Times" (Corbia), "American" 
(Dale) and "Sun" (Rathbun) 
were the exceptions, with "Mail" 
<Crai0) asaerting the play should 
do business altheugh not person- 
ally caring for it. 

Variety's trad* angta iinotcd 
that t>ie piece "at ¥3J0 top must 
do considerabi* buainesa to pay 
off th« production and large 


Opinions af th« metropoliUn eritica on the new legitimata pro- 
ductions. Published weehly in Variety as a guide to the reliabiU^ 
of the critical judgment on plays expressed by the reviewers an tna 
dailiea. _ . 

The opinion will be repeated when a play closes on Broadway 
afUr a long or short run with the critics to be boxseored at mter- 
vals, rated by percentage on their judgment aa recorded. 

The Potters 

Sufflrient general approval to 
make It just about unanimous, al- 
though reviews indicated a differ- 
ence of opinion upon the perform- 
ance of Donald Meek. 

"Herald" <Woollcott) and "Mail" 
(Craig) quallfled by. "An Interesting 
play except for Donald Meek's poor 
acting:" and "Donald Meek gr^it in 
a fair play. 'World" thought it 
one ef the indispcnsables of the 

season." and the "Sun" (Rathbun) 
said, "Safe to predict big hit." 

The Business Widow 
All seemed to disapprove, with 
"thin," "dull" and "bad," while a 
few commended Ditrlchstein and 
Lola Fisher for their performances. 
"World" tBroun) made no such con- 
cession when stating, "Ditrlchstein 
pf or In a bad pajrt." 


Critic Deeani Like Samptes in 
"Nalty Kelly- 

SprlngfWld. Ohio, Dec. IS. 

The chorus men of G^^ge M. 
Cahan's road company of "Little 
Nellie Kelly" came In for a panning 
here when that show played here 
last week. The show itself won 
considerable pratee friuB the news- 
papers, but one look exception to the 
type o( ehorus men in the attrac- 

"SpriBgfleld saw a good show 
yesterday in "Little Nellie Kelly,'" 
ssld one writer. "But, oh, those 
chorus mens After seeing "Little 
Nellie Kelly' we can readily sec the 
wisdom of Flo Ziegfeld In banish- 
ing the chorus man from the realms 
of the "FolMes* and other produc- 
tions nf the czar ol the revue. 

"Chorus men are necessary to the 
action of this Cohan masieaJ com- 
edy, but we believe, heartily, that 
George M., or whoever selected the 
road company of Xittle Nellie 
Kelly.' could have used better 
judgment when he signed up the 
mafe coryphees." 

"Hamlet" with John Barrymore 
concludes a fine three weeks at the 
Manhattan wbtch la a retnrs en- 
gagement ef the star and play. Last 
season the run on Broadway was 
sensational The second week at 
the Manhattan jumped to over $24.- 
E09. It was believed the manage- 
ment took chances In spotting 
"Hamlet" In so large a theatre but 
tho business warranted the booking. 

"The Talking Parrot" stopped at 
the Frazee Saturday as expected, 
lasting but one week. 


Musical and Backed by Cbas. Cape- 

The new Eleanor Painter musical 
piece "The Cbitfoo Girl," win have 
a, cast Including George Kamler, 
Ann Mllburn, Frank Doane. Albert 
Sackett, Jamt^s K. Marshall, Jantes 
K .Sullivan, Shawn O'Karrell, Opai 
Skinner and Harry Bhutan. William 
O'Reilly cast the show and Alonzo 
Price Is staging it. 

"The Chiffon Girl" has a book by 
Barry Townley and mnbic and 
lyrics by Carlo and Sanders. Clarke 
Ha.»s is the company manager. 

A new producing company, headed 
by Charles Capehart, of the Cape- 
hart-Carey Advertising Agency. Is 
.sponsoring the piece. 


Got in 

Trouble at 

the Congress 




Somerset Hotel, New Tork. 

Well, r made that natural 1 was trjlng for last week. I'm on seven now, 
meaning floor seven of my hotel. And tot anyone who believes in algna 
the view Is splendid. From where I now alt I am apprised of the exceeding 
excellence of any Bomber of artit.)es, ranging from unmentionablce to leB» 
than half of 1 per cent brew. 

One big billboard assures me that Boyshform and-so-forths are Just 
the thing, I've bad one for the last four years, but I've gone them one 
better In having; mine mado of concrete, which Is much more apt to gh(e 
you that straight-line effect than any other material. There's a Murad 
cigaret eign also and a very fine bit of publicity it Is, too. However, It 
started persuading me to "smoke" a number of years too late. 

Then there's a werd to the wise about the delights of Miami in th* 
winter time. "When it's winter here. It's sunomer in Miami." I hardly 
think I'll go South this season, but it certainly will be nice to be able to 
see palm trees bravely withstanding a bliszard on Broadway, even though 
they're only painted palms upon a painted strand. 

"How Come." the colored show 
which played for several months lai^t 
season with a brief run In one of 
tho Broadway houses, is to be re- 
vived by Ben Harris. Harrla is a 
Newark, N- J-, attorney, larpely in- 
terested ftnancailly in "How Come" 
previously. ^ 

The revival Is due to start Dec. 17, 
with an opening In one of the towns 
adjacent to New York. 


O'Brien, Malcvlnsky & Driscoll 
are plaintiffs In two $2,50(> suite 
against Edith Day and Pat Saraer- 
set for professional services ren- 
dered. The theatrical law firm ar- 
ranged Miss Day's contract with 
"Wildflower" and was instrumental 
In dismissing the Kills Island In- 
vestigation of Somerset on grounds 
of "moral turpitude." 

Miss Day's answer interposes a 
)100 offer for services rendered and 
Somerset pleads payment In full. 

Kriday night at the bicycle races 
In Madison Square CUirden. Miss 
Day gave away $l,2Qfl as prizcM to 
the racers In spurts. 


Chicago, Dec. 12. 
No Christmas eve performance 
of "The Fool" will be given at the 
Selwj-n. It will be the 17th and 
final week jf the Selwyn success In 
Chicago. An e.\tra matin> _ will be 
given on Friday, making four mati- 
nees for the final week. "Tho Fool" 
plaj's Peoria New Tear's week, go- 
ing Ihon to Grand Kapids, Mil- 
waukee, Columbus and Dayton. 

Chicago, Dec. 12. 

■William Boyd, leading man of the 
"Children of the Moon" company, 
was fined $25 In court here for 
pasting Grover D. Kdwards. secre- 
tary of the Congress Hotel. The 
pair met In the room of Joyce Fair, 
of the "Gingham GlrJ." House de- 
tectives made the arrest. 

Miss Fair saya the men fought 
over her, Edwards being a rejected 
sntfor. Ritwards saye he w^nt te 
her room to collect three weeks' rent 
and found Boyd there. 

Boyd, who figured in the McCraw- 
Slavln encounter at the Lambs' 
Club In New Tork last year, spent 
six hours in the police station before 
hi.s manager bailed him out. 


Los Angeles. Dec. 10. 

Because local wiseacres spread 
the word a magician was coming 
to the M;;son next Saturday, the 
company presenting "Zander the 
Great" has changed all Its blDlng. 

The show will be presented under 
the single word title "Zander." 

But the best of all the signs la the running lettering of Budweiser witll 
the eagle that flaps Its wings frantically to keep in the same place. Among 
the sentences spelled out by the flaming, moving letters is "Sam H. Harris 
Presents The Nervous Wreck' with Otto Kruger and June Walker," and 
by the time I've spent IS minutes trying to catch the last letter of eacb 
word as it goes out I'm almost a nervous wreck myself. But I wisb X 
could move as fast as tb« sign does. 

I can see a multitude of bnildings from my eyrie, also, and most of thcnt 
I recognise even without the signs upon their sides. There are the Tim^ 
building. Loew's bnildlng. the Scrlbner structure, the \htor hotel, tbe old 
Claridge hotel, the rear of the Lyceum theatre and a multitude of amaller 
building^ upon which I can look down. 

But there's one thing I'm not high enough to look down on, and that's 
Broadway. For, no matter how high I may rise. I'il never look down oa 

Here's one on our own Jaok L.iit, fornie»-Iy an associate of mine In my 
Chicago printers' Ink days. He has been worried recently lest he fall Into 
the class of those who include In their morning and evening prayers 
the potillon, "Oh, that this too. loo solid flesh would melt." He hasn't 
time to smear himself with reducing creams, he told lue. so he decided 
the other day to go on a diet. 

He had heard of a restaurant which offers specially prepared menus for 
those people who want to get fat ana fat people who want to get thin. 
There he beaded for lunch. But he only got as far as the cashier's desk. 

•'They had evidently mixed menus on that cashier," .said Mr. Lalt, "and I 
mas afraid they might dfi the same to me. He only neighed 300 pounds. 
I'm going l>»fk to Cbllds. where they can't switch caloiles on yfli." 

Formula for obtaining electric halr-curllng Iron free: borrow one front 
friend early Ut morning, use well before taking back, return same day, 
but borrow again next morning and repeat treatment onre daily for one 
month. At the end of that time your friend presents you with'one of your 

Method ftleo works well with electric flatirons. 

Only don't try it on Mrs. Clarence Jacobson. She's wise to it. That's 
where 1 got mine. • ._ _ 

A retrenchment In the expense of 
operathig cost of "Sancho Pania." 
the new Otis Skinner show at tbe 
Hudson, New Tork, went into effect 
this week when the members of the 
cast acquiesced to cuts in salary 
ranging from 10 to 20 per cent. 

Some of the minor roles have been 
eliminated from the production. 


The Kugene W.alter new play, 
"Thieves in Clover." now In re- 
hearsal, has as its players 
Hanley, Harry Mlntern, 
Emorj'. Amilia Gardner. 
Olecker, Courtney White, 
Puck and Wilmer Rentlcy, 

Miss Ilanley Is the wife of 3n. 
the ^ur man. 





Emma Hunting has placed a new 
comedy, "Betty, Be tiood," in re- 
hearsal this week and will take it 
for a tour threugh the South, open- 
ing at Winchester, Va., Christmas 


YORKE and LORD Two of th« \\ orlil's llcst Conu'dlani ' \ ") 
Mr. B, P. Albott procured th« Now Vork Hippodrome to accommodate 
the vast •■rowds that were anxious to see those famous comics, yovhi> and 
Ixird. Will &,U00 seats be enough? 

Being en the opening kiU ef this hoiis* we are giatrtsl fer the hener 
bestoj^ed upon us. Directlen, UAX R HATES. 

Ethel Watte Mumtord and Nina Wilcox Putnam, the writers, were sit- 
ting in my room together, and Misa Mumford was recalling the first time 
she had ever seen her sister-writer and collaborator. 

"I remember," she said, "that I spoke to you when you were crosalnv 
Washington square because of the unusual smock you were wearing.' 

"Oh, I'm glad you mentioned It." replied Miss Putnam, "becatise that 
w.i.^ the most comfortable smock I ever wore. I'd forgotten all about H, 
and now I'll have to look it op again and put it on," 

Pain is a powerful rdagent in the chemical laboratory cf human nature. 
That is one of the lessons 1 have learned In the laet four years. But 
friendship is even stronger and 1 hare made that discovery also. If 1 
needed further proof that a kindly thought triumphs over agony, 1 had it 
not many days ago, 

Roy W. Howard, who Is chairman of the board of the United Press, 
head of the Newspaper Knterprlse Associ-itlon, high In the councils of the 
Scrlpps-McRae group of newspapers and owner of a half dozen papers 
himself, had offered to place all his various news agencies at my dlspocal 
when I wished to announce the release of my book, "Right Off the 

A fortnight ago his doctor ordered him to the hospital for an appendix 
operation, and at a time like that one could p.ardon any person for think- 
ing only of his own worries. But Roy Howard did net forget. Mrs. 
Howard had gone to the hospital early on the morning of the operation to 
see her husband before he went to the operating table, and one of th* 
last things he said as they wheeled him, swathed in surgical garments, 
to the anaesthetlzer was that she call his managers at once and re- 
quest them to take care of any copy from me or about me. 

Knowing as well as I do what those last few moments before we go <• 
(he surgeon mean. I can appreciate what a big. kind, wonderful, lovely 
tribute that was. 

■ f 

In the old unregenerate days of press-.igentry and siice-prlnting, it was 
always wise for tlje publicily purveyor to count his order when he re- 
ceived it from the printer. Of course, we didn't always discover that 19 
per ctnt. of the folders or h'^rahls turned up missing, but — well — It 
alvvnys paid to "keep 'em honest," as the poker players say. 

There was one printer whose work we didn't count because, paradoxi- 
cally enough, we could always count on It. That ore was Ralph Trier. 
But he did some work for me last week, and when It came back I on- 
eonsciously began to count It as I used to check off the amounts In tbe 
days of my activity. I was a little a.<h.-imed of myself, for he bed done ' 
the job voluntarily and entirely gratis, but once started I kept on just 
for the old-time thrill It gave me. 

Sure enough, one of the blan'Ks— <hey were order forms for the $10 
de luxe edition of my book— w.-xs missing. Just for fun I phoned Mr. Trier 
and r.iKKcd him humorously for his omission. I to'd him I didn't think 
tho new gvnvratlon of prlntws held out on press as«-it(<. «nd that the old 
generation reformed and were going straight. 

"Will, Nclllp," replied Mr. Tri( r, "l held out one oiaok so I could 
fill it in and send It In to hcidquarteis for myself. ' 

Yet tlifie are people who woiuler why. I have so iiiii. h f.iith in human 

I Kunt lo express my thanks to the m.nny peoHe who acted up»n nay 
suggestion to help make Dorothy Antell's Thanksgiving a .happy one. She 
tells n»o she received numerous checks from people in ;he professiat »»d 
»be also reeeived many orders fr.->m people for cards and bose. And 1 
*«pe j-ou win aH de the subc fer Christmas. 

Thuriday, December 13, 1923 




uthe theams dot Canada, 
with professionals engaged 


Season Look* Promising in Eastern End of Dominion 
— ^Directors Engaged on Salary and Percentage — 
Some May Stage Production Every Two Weeks 

St. John. N. B., Dec. 12. 
The Little Theatre season In ciisl- 
«rn Cansda prom'ses most success- 
fully. In some centers as many a« 
five of the Little Theatres have been 
erected. There are more Little The- 
atre dramatic organisations this 
winter than have ever been known. 
In many Instances, professional di- 
rectors have been engaged for 
stipulated periods to whip the Itiient 
Into shape for production. In some 
c.tses the professionals are engaged 
for one prjduction. In other cases, 
ti'p engagement Ik for the season. 

Usually the terms are a wctkly 
salary plus a share of the profits. 

Some of the directors have estnb- 
li.ihod a chain of Little Theatre or- 
ganisations, spending an allotted 
period in each of the cities, .irrans- 
Ing for a production. Wlien Uie play 
h M been staged, the director moves 
on to another member ot his cir- 
cuit. In this way. some of the pro- 
fesslonaln have prohted more thrin 
If they were members of n traveling 
repertoire or one night st:iiid or- 

As an added attraction they are 
their own bosses. 

Some of the Little Theatre or- 
ganisations plan on staging a prc- 
ductton ev»ry two weelts. Others 
are content with a monthly produc- 
tion ot three performances at nlgl't 
and one matinee. Plays and musical 
comedies and comic operas Ly na- 
tives will bo specialized In. It U 
estimated that In the eastern Ca- 
nadian territory during the current 
season, there will be at least three 
hundred productions by Little The- 
atre organisations. 

retired professionals, all of whom 
gave their time without compensa- 
tion. Kven the services of the mu- 
sicians was donated. 

The promoters are greatly en- 
thu.sed over the successful presen- 
tation, and predict that the event 
was the turning point In the his- 
tory of the organisation. 

"The Torch Bearers," a satire on 
amateur theatricals, will t>e given 

Walton LewU, Francis Kennay, 
Joseph Underwood, Nell Donahue, 
Elarl Stream, James Degman, John 
Pitisgerald, John Gasklll. 

Worcester Academy Dramatic 
Club ot Worcester, Mass., presented 
two one-act plays. Booth Turklng- 
ton's, "The Ghost Story" and the 
other, "Shakespeare Slopes," a farce 
written by Richard W. Sohmeltser 
ot Brookllne, a senior at the 
academy. Harold H. Wade of the 
academy staff had charge of the 

The Mountebanks, the senior dra- 
matic organization at Union Col- 
lege, and the Freshmen Dramatic 
Club, presented three one-act plays 
at the Van Curler theatre In Sche- 
nectady. N. Y., last Friday night. 
The plays were "A Night at the Inn" 
by Lord Dunsai.y; "The Trysting 
Place" by Booth Tarklngton. and 
"The Man Who M.irried A Dumb 
Wife" by An.itole France. The lat- 
ter piece, which first attracted at- 
tention In this country when pre- 
sented by Granville with 
settings by Robert Edmoiid Jones. 
was given by the Freshmen Dra- 
matic Club. In their presentation, 
Kdwin L. Carroll played the dumb 
wife and Howard Abell, Judge 
Leonard Uotal. Others In the cast 
were Charles E. Stewart. Purcell B. 
Robertson, Remsen Johnson. Jr., 
Herman Shulman, Samuel W. Pidgc. 
Clark L. Stockton, Charles E. 
Chubb, Lamber Barrows, Hubbel 
Robertson, Jr.. Andrew D. Grelg, 
Arnold B. Wyckoff, James M. Slew- 
art, Thomas Munro, Oeorgo E. Fos- 
ter, Jr., Buell Tallman. Walter D. 
Webster, Jr. and Harry B. Duanc, 

In "The Trysting Place" Edward 
K. Prltchard, Waller C. Crocker, 
Kingsley Aldridge, Russell Green- 
man. Thomas Lewis, Paul Hewlett 
and Nathan Newburger took part. 
Messrs. Prltchard, Crocker and 
Greenman played female roles. The 
cast presenting "A Night at the Inn" 
consisted of Tyltr D. Wood, Wiliard 
Pleuthner, Roland Hanrahah. Har- 
old Guard. Herbert Soltor, Edward 
It. Ross, John Mason and John G. 
Perres. F. C. Hill of the faculty di- 
rected the plays, as well as design- 
ing the stage settings and costumes. 

The officers ot the Mountebanks 
are J. Wcsttord Cutler, president; 
John Carroll, secretary, and Wilford 
D. Wilder, acting manager. How- 
ard Remsen, Jr., Is president o? the 
Freshmen Dramatic Club, and How- 
ard Abell. secretary. 

Rehearsals for "lie," one of the 
threei one-act plays to be given by 
the Aircas'.le Players, Wilmington, 
Del., Llltle'Theatre for their ptipduc- 
Uon early In January, hare begun, 
under the direction ot Miss Mildred 
Lillard. Special scenery U being 
painted by Walter Kumme. who ie 
iilso in the cjtst. The cast includes: 

Captain Keeney, Charles A. 
Ritchie, Jr, Mrs. Keeney, Mlas Mer- 
cedes Walsh: Slocum, second mate, 
Walter Kumme; the steward, Leon- 
ard Daly: Joe Harpooner, James B. 
Hammond, and Ben, cabin boy. J. 
C. Samuel. The casts of "Rosaline," 
and "Lonesome-Like," will begin re- 
hearsals next week. 

The Rev. J. B. Robertson, who 
started out to be an actor, and ap- 
peared in "Peg o' My Heart" and 
"The Brat," but who Is now min- 
ister at the Longvlew Farm Chapel, 
plaj'ed the part ot Mr. Knowle In 
•"The Romantic Age." with the Kan- 
sls City Theatre Company last week. 

Such suecesa attended the efforts 
of the pupils ot the) Junior class of 
the West Bolyston High School 
when they presented "A Couple of 
Millions," that the performance Is 
to be repeated at the Worcester 
County Training School In Oak- 

The Dramatic Society ot St. 
Mary's Church, P.rookfleld. recently 
gave "Sunshine." a comedy, and 
Rev. Patrick F. Doyle, priest ot the 
parlsli, showed his knowledge of 
things dramatic by coaching the 

The South High School Dramatic 
Club of Worcester, Mas"., will pre- 
sent Shakespeare's "Twelfth Nis;ht" 
in the school hall Dec. 20. Miss 
Frances Reed and Charles Muzzy 
will play the leads. Leroy M. Handy 
is director. 

George Burger was elected to the 
presidency ot the Troy Musical 
Union for the tenth consecutive 
term, at a meeting ot the organisa- 
tion held In the rooms on River 
Street. Sunibiy. John G. Rommell, 
who has been vice-president tor a 
long period of time, wai re-elected 
to that office. George A. Severance 
was re-elected financial secretary, 
and J. H. Ellis, treasurer. Both have 
served In their offices for twenty 
years. Fred D. Gregware was elect- 
ed recording secretary. William J. 
Wheeler, ( Walter B. O'Connor, 
Charles Wright, Harry Moore and 
William Lott were elected trustees. 
Presldert Burger was chosen dele- 
gate to the A F. and M. eonventton 

The Players' Club, a semi -profes- 
sional organlsatipn in San Fran- 
cisco, opened Its winter season this 
week with four one-act pinya in the 
Players' theatre. Everett Glass Is 
the new director, succeeding Regi- 
nald Travers. The program In- 
cludes Schnitzlcr's "Literature," 
"Aria da Capo," "He," a tragedy of 
the far north, by Eugene O'Neil, and 
Chekov's "The Bear." Among the 
players are Beatrix Perry, Arthur 
Pierson, W. Russell Cole, Guy B. 
Kibble, Pearl King Tanner, Joseph 
Carson Sturgis and othecs. 

Winifred Lenihan is Ineltided In 
the'cost of the Theatre Guild's pre- 
sentation of Shaw's "Saint Joan," 
which Is to be produced, for the 
first time on any stage, around 
New Year's. 

''The Fortune Hunter" was the 
vehicle selected by St. John's High 
and Ascension High School thes- 
plana of Worcester, Mass., In their 
recent annual prodtiction. 

Oxford, Mass., High School pupils 
revealed dramatic talent recently 
when they presented "Green Stock- 
ings," a comedy In three acts in the 
high school h.tll. 

More tlian 800 persons saw the 
Clinton, Mass., High School Alumni 
Association when It presented 
"Annie — What's Her name," under 
the direction of Lewis S. Gordon, Jr. 

The prpsei:tation ot 'The Roman- 
tic Age" by the Kansas City thea- 
tre, the local guild organization, last 
Week, praved the flrrt rptll flnanrlnl 
.success of the groui>, aiul brought from press and supporters. 
The comedy was given throe nights, 
and business grew. Tl.o closing 
night saw an nudifMce of 1.700. 
whicli broMght the altriulance to 
over 4.000 for the engagement. 

SIv weeks given for rehear- 
«als, and the pl.ty, tinder the direc- 
<lon ot Robert I'cel Noble, moved 
without ft bobble. The entire cast 
wa;> made up ot local people, some 

The Schenectady, N. Y., Post, 
Veterane ot Foreign Wars, has en- 
gaged the Community Producing 
Company^ ot Schenectady to stage 
"The Isle ot Asuwere" under Its 
auspices in the state armory In 
February. The play, a musical com- 
edy revue, is the work ot Walter F. 
Swanker, a member ot the Schenec- 
tady bar. It has been presented in 
the Dorp on three'tormer occasioivs. 
The play will be presented on a 
specially constructed stage in the 

Last night (Wednesday) the 
Jamaica, L. I., Community Players 
gave their first program ot the sea- 
son at Grace Memorial Hnll. Prank 
Ferguson directing. "Resurgent," 
a one act play by Mrs. John R. 
Higgins ot Jamaica, waa one ot the 
plays. \nother was "The Dickey 
Bird," by Harvey O'ltigglns and 
Harriet Ford. This was played by 
Frank Ferguson, Grace Dorothea 
Fisher, T'lorence Williams and Mrs 
Nono West Duychinck who 
played It In vaudeville. 

The front lawn theatre movement, 
which was started by Community 
Service in San Diego gtaduaily Is 
spreading to the various neighbor- 
hoods of Han Diego nnd the nearby 
districts. Since tiie initial perform- 
ance by the 20 little players of Ari- 
zona street, plays have been givoii 
on the lawns of homes in Naticna! 
City and in North San Diego. 

North High School boys of Wor- 
cester, Mass., had a aiiccesHful pres- 
entation ot ''The Chicken Case." 
The cast included Leon Singer, Les- 
lie Kindred, Philip Howard, Ray- 
mond Harrison, Frank Boarsman, 

Westboro, M^ss., Woman's Club 
recently gave Its annual play pre- 
senting "Green Stockings" under 
the direction ot Mrs. Hartley Leo 

The Dramatic Club ot the Mill- 
bury, Mass., High School recently 
presented "The Boomerang." John 
V. Heald of Webster, Mass., directed 


This three-aot comedy br Roy 
Briant hoa ostensibly been pat- 
terned to exploit the talents of Tom 
Marlelle, delineator of feminine 
types and formerly of vaudeville and 

As produced by the Alhambra 
Players, Brooklyn, laat week, with 
Martelle oa visiting star, the piece 
made diverting entertainment for 
this neighborhood and noticeably 
iacked up the week's business. The 
Boveity ot Martelle, the opportunity 
ot seeing the stock favorites in 
slapstick comedy roles, and even the 
leads toss their dignity and repose 
lo the winds to cavort through a 
succession ot songs *nd dances — all 
helpad to get the piece across to 
big results. 

The, piece has a more or less logi- 
cal ijfct that fci threaded together 
with songs, some specials and a few 
published numbers, and Is given an 
added essence of spice when Mar- 
telle dons the feminine togs and is 
led through a merry chase ot em- 
barrassing situations, mostly from 
wise cracks at the expense ot the 
feminine members ot the oast. 
Withal there is nothing offensive 
about the piece. Martelle gives a 
portrayal ot a dual role In a man- 
ner that never lets them lose sight 
ot his masculinity. 

As tor the plot, it's stereotyped, 
yet can readily be forgiven for the 
genuine comedy situations it 
prompts. Jack Rolen, a young civil 
engineer (Martelle), has been called 
lo a hick town to assist Bob Dunn 
(John Warner) In a traction deal. 
Bob wants the line tracked through 
Main street, while two arch con- 
spirators. Squire Tutwiler (Frank 
Jamison) and Cedric Urayton (Ber- 
nard J. McOwen), want to send It 
along a back street where they have 
invested heavily In property and 
hope to enhance their realty values 
by the switch. 

Jack has pledged himself to at- 
tend an Important conference, but 
is marooned at the hotel when the 
proprietor makes off with his clothes. 
A female drummer has arrived with 
a trunk of samples. Jack dons them 
and vamps the old Squire Into re- 
storing the car lino to Main street. 
The piece makes capital stock en- 
tertainment in that most ot the bur- 
den falls upon the shoulders ot the 
featured player. The remainder of 
the roles are practically actor-proof 
and can l>e done by any atook com- 
pany, regardless ot range of vNirsa- 
tllity ot Its players.' 

Eight musical numbers are sand- 
wiched between the three acts, with 
Martelle handling most and dress- 
ing each with a different gown. 

John Warner, regular lead here, 
gave a breesy performance, while 
Frank Harrington made a lovable 
roughneck and displayed a remark- 
ably flne baritone voice In his last 
act, a song. • 

Mabel Montgomery got over n 
nifty piece ot character acting. 

Bernard McOwen had a most 
likeable bad man part. He never 
look things seriously nor allowed the 
spectators to. 

Lester Howard was a scream as 
a small town Sherlock Holmes, Dor- 
othy Burton, Marguerite Klein and 
Francesca Rotoil were also likeable 
in more or less minor roles. 


Holiday Bills Calling for Light 

Entertainment — Amateur 

and LoQal Choruses 

A number of stocks are resorting 
to musical comedy bills to hold up 
their business during tht pre-holl- 
day slump. 

Play brokers report that they 
have had the heaviest call for the 
song and dance «howa during the 
past week than they have ever l>e- 
fore experienced. 

The musical play has been more 
or less a liability on the brokers' 
books from a stock angle on account 
of many producers not wishing to 
tie themselves up with several 
weeks' rehearsal (or the single 
week's showing. 

Now It'a dirterent and the mu8ica\ 
comedies are c;ii:iing into their own 
as stock bills. Possibly the main 
reason for the vogue Is the ability 
to draft choruses from amateur 
ranks at little expense and the at- 
tending interest the locals give to. 
the prMuotloiM. - -.-t^ 

vaudeville and picturM policy that 
the Avon has been following dur- 
ing the stock regime nt the latter 

Joyce Booth has aucceeded Cecil 
I Spooner as lead with the Blaney 
•lock at the Fifth Avenue. Brook- 
lyn. Miss Spoonei haa accompanied 
her husband, Charles B. Blaney, to 
California, where he will appear In 
several picture produoUona of 
former Blaney melodramaa, to b« 
made by the Blaney Film Co. 

The Princess Player*, Dea Molneav 
has some new player nearly every 
week. Winifred AngUn, leading 
lady, was replaced bjr Dulcle 
Cooper, who waa leading lady (or 
Charles Ray, until his show ended 
here. The latest change is the sub- 
stitution o( 'Virginia Porrr for 
Prances Homer, as second woman. 

Bella Cnlrna terminated her en- 
gagement at the Grand, Worcester, 
recently and atarts Dec. IB aa lead- 
ing in Poll's atook at the 
Auditorium. Maiden, Mass. She Is 
being auc o se d ed at Worcester by 
Mary Anne Dentley. 

Rehearsals are under w.ay for the 
annual Elks Minstrel Show. Des 
Moli.ea, Dec. 1«-1». Clint Draper 
Is directing. 

Opening ot the Romany. Lexing- 
ton's, Ky., new little theatre, has 
been postponed from Dec. 10 until 
Jan. 1. 


Wilkes Reported Having Engaged 
Her for Alcazar 

San Francisco, Dec. 11. 

Thomas Wilkes Is reported to 
have closed, with Margaret Law- 
rence for a brief starriii^ season at 
Wilkes Alcazar. 

No date has been set aa yet, but 
her opening bill la to b* "Secreta." 


Ann Brunough, who opened as 
guest star with the Alhambra stock, 
Brooklyn, this week In "Little Old 
New York," will be retained aa per- 
manent leading woman with the Al- 
hambra Players. • 

Talk ot a stock company moving 
into the Lyceum, Columbus, when 
"Abie's Irish Rose" concludes Its 
local run has been heard. The 
abrupt change from bu.lesque to 
straight comedy of a higher order 
has not gone unnotlci ' by mer- 
chants whose business l -ses are 
contiguous to the theatres. It's re- 
ported a high grade stock company 
may be organized with the backing 
of these same merchants to keep a 
better class ot theatre goers com- 
ing to that end ot town toi- their 

"Abie's Irish Rose" la now In the 
eighth week of an Indefinite engage- 
ment that was riglnally Scheduhil 
for six weeks only. Indications 
point to the company holding out 
until after New Year's. 

One of the eastern Canada dra- 
matic stock organlzatioiiH ban iiilio- 
duced i>08t-matinee receptions for 
members of the company. These 
were passably futcessful when the 
receptions were given by feminine 
members, but when the masculine 

members were the hosts the frost 
was a killing on<(. 

Eaatorn Canada dramatic stock 
having administered a sound drub- 
bing to vaudeville as opposition, now 
has to cope with pictures, musical 
comedy tab stock, and tait, but not 
least, the skating rinks. Although 
the ice season has not yet opened 
preparations are being made tor,* 
I>re-Chri»tma« Day opening. All of 
the dramatic stock organizations In 
eastern Canada arc doing excellent 

The Robblns Stock, which ha.« 
boen playing at tlie MitJeMtlr, Utica, 
under the title Majestic Players, 
will bo tiansfcrred to the Avon, 
Wutejtown, N. Y., another Rolibimj 
'playhoiise, oi>enlng Christmas Day 
for .tn indefinite run. The company 
has been at the Majestic for 40 
»eekJ» l>laying to good business. It 
will clo.^e Its IMica run this week 
At Watertown the organiaztion will 
have a 60-cent top. 

The Olympic, Watertown, also 
owned by Robblns. will have the 

The Harder-Hall stock, which 
closed at the Hudson, Union Hill, 
N. J., three weeks ago, is being re- 
assembled for another opening at 
the Academy, Baltimore. It will 
open Dec. t4. 

James Hastings stock Opens at 
the Aurnside Post opera house. 
Mount Carmel, Pa., Dee. 14. "The 
Girl in the Limousine" and "It la 
the Law" will be the ftrat attrac- 
tions. . • - - — : 

A Jlmmle Hodges company under 
the management of Jim Eviston 
will open Dec. 24 at the Park, Miami. 
Pla., wllh "Linger Longer Letty." 
This will be followed by other musi- 
cal stock pieces. 

The Fulton opera house, Lancas- 
ter. Pa., reopens Dec. K with stock 
under the management o( A. L. 
Fisher. The first production will 
be "The Cinderella Man." 

The Leonard Howe Players 
closed at the Russell, Ottawa, Sat- 
urday after six weeks. The com- 
pany returned to New York Monday 
and diabanded. 

The Strand. Hoboken, will open 
with stock under the management 
ot Jack Scldan. Dec. 24. "Bast Is 
West" Is the tentative choice for 
the week. 

Leonard Wood, Jr., son ot the 
famous general and stock mana- 
ger, will open at the New President, 
Washington, D. O.. w ith a c o m p any 
on Dec. 2i. 

Corxr Payton has temporarily 
diverted his mind firom further 
stock ventures and Is returning to 
vaudeville in a tabloid edition it 
"Just MaiTiod." 

Ivan Miller is now leading 
with the ):■ lie liennctt stuck ot the 
Alcazar, San Francisco. 




Thursday, December It, 


Figures astimated and comment point to some attractions being 
successful, while the samt gross accredited to others might suggest 
mediocrity or loss The variance is explained in the difference m 
house capacities, with the varying overhead Also the size of cast, 
with eonseauert difference in necessary gross for profit. Var-anca 
in business necessary tor musical attraction as against dramatic 
play IS also considered 

"Abie's Irish Rose," Republic (S2<1 
weel<). The rcriclion from Thanks- 
glvliiR week was discounted; last 
■week's drop from piak grosses 
aided by holiday estimated at 
$4,000. "Abie" not much different 
from normal pace; about $12,000 
last week. 

•Adrienne," Cohan (29th week), 
l-'inal week; attraction will lay oft 
wei-k before Christmas, then goes 
on tour; first stands, Cleveland, 
Detroit and Boston. This musical 
held over from last season and 
made good run. "Ten Command- 
ments" (film) succeeds. 

"Aren't We All," Gaiety (30th week). 
"House sold out" sign frequently 
diEp:.ayed by this holdover of Eng- 
lish authorship. Cyril Maude hav- 
ing nne success with play and 
promises run thropgh season. 
Takings, $13,000, meaning about 
all house will bold. 

"Artists and Models," Shubert (17th 
week). Classed as one of shows 
drawing attention of atithorltics 
(or possible Investigation by grand 
Jury. Objectionable points deleted 
but last week's business big at 
better than $27,000. 

"Chains," Playhouse (13th week). 
Brady attraction going along nice- 
ly now although grosses are com- 
puratively moderate and show 
somewhat cut-rated; $7,000 to 
$8,000 and over. 

"Chicken Feed," Little (12th week). 
Laugh show spotted in right 
house; making good profit and 
figures to remain into spring. 
Takings last week under holiday 
pace, as with others; brokers re- 
newed buy. Oft like others from 
Th.inksglvlng harvest; about 

"Follies," New Amsterdam (8th 
week). Changes In cast ilne-up 
and some bits continues but Zleg- 
feld show proceeds to sell out 
with regularity, topping list with 
about $42,000 weekly at $5.50 top. 
No variance In scale for the holl- 

"For All of Us," 43th Street (9th 
wiek). Business for Hodge show week similar to others of Its 
r.iting, decline from extra per- 
formance week placing gross at 
around $8,500. Looks set for run. 
however, with excellent Christmas 
trade assured. 
"Go West. Young Man," Punch and 
Judy (5th week). Sponsors will- 
ing to contlnvie until holidays, 
probiihly figuring on prulit.Tble 
trade then. Is cut rater, though 
house one of smallest. Quoted at 
$3,000 to $1,000. 
"Greenwich Village Follies," Winter 
(Jarden (13th wcrk). Sticking Into 
.Tanu.iry before leaving for road. 
Hu.'siness oft Inst week, like most 
of list, but reiiortcd at over $22,- 
"Hamlet," Mnnh.ittan (3d week). 
Final week for John Barrymore's 
repeat cnpngoment. limited to 
three weeks. business 
drawn last week, when Hfter-tho- 
hollday slump set In. T.aklngs 
wont to $24.fi00. Saturd.iy niatlncc 
$4,400. which was over onracity. 
"In the Next Room," V.Tn.lnrlillt Cld 
week). Kcale cHt.THlishcd at $2 50 
top last week, with gross at S!l.- 
001). oonsldi'r.ilily bettering pnrr 
of opening week, regardless of ab- 
sence of holld.iy. Is only mystery 
play In town and looks set for 
"Laugh, Clown, Laugh," Belasco 
(3d week). Class trade from start 
and last week reported growing 
stronger in agenrlo.q, with ea- 
pnrity trade through week. T.iV;- 
Ings claimed $18,000, possible 
through $3 top scale for first time 
In this house. 
"Littio Jesse James," Longarre (ISth 
week). Theme song In tht.s mu- 
Hlral topping disc record sales, ac- 
cording to sales claims; exjilalns 
new life of show. Late Inst week 
cut rate allotments wore ellml 
n'lloil. Ctdsn iiliout $l''.00O. 
"Littio Miss Bluebeard," I,yreum 
(ICth week). Went oft last week 
like most others, gross for first 
time dipping under $10,000. Kx- 
poctod to come back with 
of hoi 1(1.-1 ys nnd rldo through Jan- 
uary and Fobruary. 
"Lullaby," Knickerbocker (13th 
week). Holds spot with best 
money cotlers of 
~ group. Uu.ilnrss for nnrmal eight 
performance wook quotod over 
$18,000. Big capacity of theatre 
aid in this Instnnce. 
"Meet the Wife," Klaw (3d week) 
Second week tilg as first, which 
had extra matinee Inserted for 
holiday (Thank.sgiving). Agen- 
cies getting good call nnd this 
comedy should slick Again aroutnl 
MoccOw Art Theatre, Jolson (4th 
week). To have gone on tour Sat- 
urday but extra week added be- 
cause of mlx-up in Cnn.ndlan 
bookings over claim organizatloQ 

was of Bolshevik direction. Busi- 
ness fair; quoted $10,000. 

"Music Box Revue," Music Box (13th 
week). Broadway standard big 
draw. Capacity right through 
week with normal gross approxi- 
mating $.9,500. Matinee added 
I'Ylday of Christmas week and on 
New year's afternoon. 

"Mr. Battling Buttler," Selwyn (11th 
week). Shows increasing strength 
and indications are tor good run 
which will carry attraction 
through winter. Last week's gross 
about $17,000. 

"One Kist," Fulton (3d week). Spe- 
cial call tor lower floor and with 
agencies having most of such al- 
lotments capacity in that section. 
Balcony Improvement would be 
welcome, though this musical does 
not call for exceptional gross to 
show profit. Last week $17,000; 
can do $21,000. 

"Pelleas and Melisande," Times 
Square (2d week). Critics tailed 
to take kindly to vague dramatics 
but business may be fairly good 
tor few weeks on strength ot Jane 
Cowl's draw; $9,600 tor first seven 
performances. "Juliet" on Sat- 

"Poppy," Apollo tlBth week). 
Showed drop ot $4,000 or little 
more last week but absence of 
holiday and Increased prices part- 
ly explains variance. T,nkiiigs fig- 
ured $18,500, which counts as good 
for slack season prior to holidays, 
and this musical topped all others 
nt its scale. 

"Queen Victoria," 48th Street (5th 
week). Loser to date but planned 
to run until after holidays, when 
production "Neighbors" will be 
put on. Reported about $5,000 
last week. 

"Rain," M.ixinc Elliott (58th week). 
When Sam Harris opened this 
dram.a first night enthusiasts 
claimed it good enough for two 
years on Broadway. Steady big 
business *-cek by week makes the 
guoBsers right. Getting over 
$15000 right along. 

"Runnin' Wild," Colonial (7th week). 
Colored show that has dr.awn 
most unusual business for attrac- 
tion of kind here. Run to excep- 
tional t.akings may not be long but 
show rated success and ought to 
clean up on road. 

#8ancho Panza," Hudson (3d week). 
Otis Skinni'i^ attraction doing 
f.alr business. Production calling 
for big money to land. Quoted 
nrouiKt $i:',000 last week. 

'Scaramouche," Morosco (8th week). 
Final wook. Dramatic productiiMi 
expected to bo aided by concur- 
rent picture version, but business 
never got started. St.irtcd at $?.- 
000; last week about $6,000. Goes 
to storehouse. Next week Belasco 
enters with "The Other Hose." 

"Seventh Heaven," Booth (59th 
week). Like "i^ain." this drama 
sot for two seasons on Broadway. 
Started slowly, but within five 
weeks was going to capacity and 
has hold pace week by week. Last 
week about $13,000. 

"Sharlce," Daly's 63d St. (6th week). 
Fxira ailveitising being used to 
bolster this musical. Cut rates 
giving show <il)out $2,000 weekly, 
with Indicated pace about $6,000. 

"Spring Cleaning," Eltinge (6th 
week). Lonsdale's smart di.alog 
gives this comedy fine chance to 
land for real run. Capacity down- 
stairs, with b.ilcony reported bet- 
tering. Last week excellent at 

"Stepping Stones," Globe (6th 
week). Rates with best musicals 
of year; on in popularity with 
"1'"o1Iiok" and "Music Box Revue." 
Capacity at $5.50 top. with weekly 
gross close to $35,000. 

"Sun Up," Princess (30th week) 
Wlion moved here from upper 
East Side house there was talrly 
good call evident. Takings Indi- 
cated botweon $4,000 and $5,000: 
quite prolitablo for small cast 
"Tarnish," Bolinont (lltli week). 
Dramatic hit from jump. Weekly 
business holds to nearly $0,000. 
which Is all house will hold at $3 
scale. Looks lixture Into spring. 
"The Business Widow," Ritz (1st 
week). Ilinise dark last week, 
when "Robert E. Lee" was with- 
drawn. Opened Monday with Leo 
Ditricb-tein and Lola Fisher head- 
ing cant of new picc«. William 
Harris has announced "Outward 
Hound" for house J.-in. 7. 
"The Changelings," Henry Miller 
wook). One of non musicals that 
has set top of $.'i.50 for New Yi'.ir's 
Eve; prices prob.ably based on 
weight of cast. Last week saw 
sharp drop, with gross, however. 

over »r',noo. 

"The Dancers," Ambassador (9th 
week). Holding to fine 
for drama, though last week there 
was a natur.a'. drop; gross quoted 
at $12,500. Rated good through 

"The Failures," Garrlck <4th week). 
Second production ot Theatre 
Guild has no chance to land tor 
continued engagement In Broad- 
way house. Guild Is readying 
third production "Joan d'Arc," 
opening at holiday time. 

"The Lady," Empire (M week). 
Opened Tuesday, and In seven 
performances got $9,400 or more 
with no agency bupport. Brokers 
took attraction buy this week and 
piece touted having good chance. 

"The Magio Ring," Liberty (llth 
week). Another week tor MItzi, 
who goes to road and probably a 
clean-up again. Three months on 
Broadway profitable without show 
reaching exceptional figures. "Rise 
(t Rosle O'Reilly" opens Christ- 
mas night. 

"The Nervous Wreck," Sam H. Har- 
ris (10th week). Sell-out tor ail 
;jerformances. Laet /eek's takings 
$17,000, or little more than $1,000 
under normal. Explained by 
house having been sold to party in 
advance tor $1,400. ' 

"The Pottera," Plymouth (1st week). 
Opened Saturday night, reviewers 
giving show comment; 
some critics figure It sure hit. 
■Very weak business early thi« 
week, but pre-Christmas period 
may be responsible. 
'The Shame Woman," National (9th 
week). Moved here two weeks 
ago and will move a^^in next 
Monday, this time going to Com- 
edy, which will make tourth 
house. Takings last week quoted 
over $7,000. National resume* 
"Cyrano De Bergerac" next Mon- 
The Talking Parrot," Frazee. 
Taken off Saturday, having stuck 
one week and rated as iiopoless 
all around. House d.irk. Reopens 
Christmas Eve with "The Wild 

"The Swan," Cort (8th week). Looks 
set tor real run and is still top- 
ping call in agencies. Little dif- 
ference In takings, gross bettering 

"Time," 39th Street (3d week). Sec- 
ond week did not equal first. 
Gross estimated around $4,000 or 
little under. House to get "The 
Alarm Clock" Christmas "ve. 
Topics of 1923," Broadhuret (4th 
week). This musical rated good 
entertainment, but business is dis- 
tinctly under pi^oflt line. Last week 
talrly good figures, but drop at 
about $16,500, which is consider- 
ably under capacity, upper floor 

'Vanities," Earl Carroll (24th week). 
Two mure weeks tor the Carroll 
revue, which played to excellent 
business through fall. Better than 
$18,000 claimed , for last week. 
"Kid Boots" succeeds New Year's 

"Whole Town's Talking," Bijou 
(16th week). Comedy which haa 
made money without drawing ex- 
ceptional business. Last week's 
takings about $6,500. 

"Wildflower," Casino (45th week). 
Hammcrstcln's loi.g " running 
musical comedy suffered consider- 
able drop 1.1B week when grossing 
around $17,500. Sure to come 
back with tho holidays and run 
well into winter going. 

"White Cargo," Greenwich Village 
(6th week). Claimed to be get- 
ting talrly good business tor 
VlUiige. Drawing trade from up- 
town and around $4,000 weekly. 


$4,300 to $5,500 Decreases — Several Openings Next 
Two Weeks — But One Listed for New Year's^ 
"Best People" in Great Demand 

Chicago, Dec. 12. 

Legit sales got a thunderous wal- 
lop last week. Drops averaging be- 
tween $4,S00 and $6,S0O over the 
previous week were checked. Since 
the Thanksgiving sales of the pre- 
vious week were far below holiday 
week size, the rapidity with which 
conditions have entered the pre- 
Xmas lull can be ^gured. 

Only one show stood up. "The 
Best People" made a new gross 
mark for the Adejphl, beating the 
beft week credited to "Spring 
Cleaning." It was figured If the 
Adelpbl hadn't lowered the mid- 
week matinee scale to 11.50 "The 
Best People" would have soared 
over $14,000, quite remarkable tor 
the capacity of that house. 

Visitors In town for the stock 
show helped "The Passing Show" on 
Monday and Tuesday nights, giving 
the Apollo show, with the further 
help ot the "buy," the edge on the 
week over "The Music Box Revue," 
although both ot these competitive 
musical organizations slipped badly. 
There wasn't a "punch" to any of 
the musical entertalnmehts In town, 
surprising, considering the number 
of visitors hereabouts. Show-going 
wasn't "in the air." 

Conditions continued to be worse 
this week. Monday and last nights 
were as wretched as could be Imag- 
ined. Dramatic grcwses on Monday 
night averaged $400. Everything 
points to this pre-Xmas season be- 
ing the leanest tor years. Because 
of the expensivcneas of shows now 
in town a new mark tor losses will 
no doubt be compiled, 
^n several Instances It was fig- 
ured the success of shows previous 
to Thanksgiving would weather the 
dreaded pre-holiday period. This 
calculation was made m error. "The 
Fool," which has been running wild 
.'or three months, dropped with a 
thud. For the first time in 14 weeks 
the Selwyn hit failed to sell out at 
the Thursday matinee, slipping to 
around $1,200. It was a general 
slump all over town. 

"Merton of the Movies" Is In the 
throes ot much unrest at the Black- 
stone. For some unexplainable rea- 
son "Merton" halsn't been able to 
draw balcony trade. There is al- 
ready mention of a new show for 
the Illinois. The hotels kept up 
their average of 250 tickets nightly 
for "Merton," and this alone pre- 
vented disaster, since the straight 
box-office window sale this hit was 
expected to get hasn't showed up. 

It's hard to figure why "A King 


$21,000 for "Vine"— Walkouts for. Ballet— "Fool" 
/Holding Up, but Holidays' Approach Costly — 
Last Week's Estimates 

Philadelplhia, Dec. 12. 

No one would think the pre- 
Chrlstmas slumii period had arrived, 
according to the business turned in 
by tlic various shows in town Last 
week. The only real flop w<as reg- 
istered by tho Swedish Ballet at the 
Shubcrt. and that would have OC' 
curred .it any time. 

Otherwise everything was rosy, 
Iho big n'liBO being '"fhe Clinging 
Vine" at the Forrest. Helped at the 
start by fine notlres and getting the 
advantage of the Thanksgiving 
crowds and nlso the break of being 
tho only musical sliow In town last 
week, this Savage produ';tIon hit a 
line stride. 

More flue business was done by 
the (i.irrirk, which lia.s had Its llncst 
season In many years to date. It has 
been helped by getting much of the 
Uroad society clientele while the 
latter house has been running 
"Lightnln' " tor three months. 

Last week with "The First year" 
the bouse continued to draw big 
■ittendance, tliouKh tho lower scale 
($L'.50 as acalnst $.1 for "Klki") kept 
the figure down. "The First Year" 
Is In for five weeks only, as against 
13 tor "Lightnln'." 

"The Fool," while feeling the gen- 
eral depressicji, Is continuing to hold 

up well at the Adelphl and claims 
a little under $14,000 tor last week. 
The upstairs play is responsible for 
that figure, as two-thirds and even 
halt houses are beginning to be no- 
ticeable downstairs in the orches- 
tra. This drama is likely to strike 
a low ebb this and next week, and 
will then probably come back with a 
bang during tho holiday weeks, after 
which It will probably depart. 

The Walnut, with tho aid ot two- 
for-one and benefits, turned in not 
quite $8,000 with "Red Light Annie," 
whose two-week visit here musts be 
classed as a flop despite the pub- 
licity attending the ordering ot cutp 
in the show by City Hall otllclals. 

There hasn't been a sadder or 
more forlorn engagement here in 
years than the week's visit of the 
Swedish Ballet at tho Shubert. Fine 
notices were given the performance 
but that was where the enthusiasm 
ended. Every performance saw 
scores ot walkouts about an hour 
after the performance started. Thr 
he.ivlly — and claaslly — papered house 
ot Monday night was followed by 
pitiful attendance during tho week 
At several evening performanccr 
there were considerably less than 
(Continued on page 15) 

for - Day" isn't doing better bus!-* 
ness at the Cort. Everybody who 
attends boosts it. But the draw 
isn't coming. 'In Love with Love," 
after several big flashes of special 
advertisements, cannot get going at 
the LaSallc. This comedy will stick 
until the second week of next 
month, when In all probability th» 
L,aSalle will have a musical show. 

Mrs. Fiske's promising outlook at 
the Powen was stopped along with 
the others. vHome Fires" and "Chil- 
dren of the Moon" keep the manage- 
m«nt of the respective houses in- 
volved figuring hard. 

Christmas week will be featured 
with brilliant premieres. "The Fol- 
lies" open Christmas eve at the 
Colonial. So does "Klki" at Powers. 
"The Nervous Wreck" returns tho 
Harris to the legitimate fold Sun- 
day night, Dec. 23. Joseph Schild- 
kraut in "The Highwayman" la billed 
for Chrietmas premiere at thj Play- 
house. Jack Norworth in "Honey- 
moon House" succeeds "Homo 
Fires" at ne Central. These along 
with "Nellie Kelly" and "Chauve- 
Sourls," opening at Cohan's Grand 
and the Garrlck. respectively, Sun- 
day night, furnish a fortnight ot 
changes that Is apt to give local 
conditions just the needed restora- 

Thus tar t".. > Duncan Sisters in 
"Topsy and Eva" have the Now 
Year's week all to themselves tor 
premiere attention. They follow 
"The Fool" at the Selwyn. 

Last week's estimates: 

"Tho Best Peorie" (Adelphl, 4th 
week). In great demand. Figured 

"The Old Soak" (Prlncees, 7th 
week). Holds evenly and will profit 
much during holidays. Just missed 

"Children of the Moon" (Play- 
house, 3rd week). Closes this wcelt. 
House dark until Christmas. Around 

"The Fool" (Selwyn, 14th week). 
First serious drop. Little under 

"Merchant of Venice" (Illinois, 2nd 
week). Sticks extra week waiting 
for Mantell to take house. Little 
over $10,000. 

"Merton of the Movies" (Black- 
stone, 7th week). Failed to hit 
$12,000, with balcony sales very bad, 

"The Music Box Revue" (Colonial^ 
6th week). Slipped to $23,000, with 
one week to go. 

"Rise of Rosie O'Reilly" (Cohan's 
Grand, llth week). Squeezed out 
$19,000 by week-end rush. 

"I'll Say She Is" (Studebaker, 8th 
week). Went below stop clatise for 
first time. About $12,800. 

"The Gingham ^Girl" (Qarrlck, 
15th week). Estimated between 
$12,000 and $13,000. 

•A King for ■ Day" (Cort, Snd 
week). Held around $8,400, with 
good reason to do better. 

"Home Fires" (rnitral. 4th week). 
Cut rates made ii . ,sHil)le tor $4,500. 

"In Love with Leva" (LaSalle, 8rd 
week). Will hold until Jan. H. 
About $9,000. 

"Mary, Mary. Quite Contrary" 
(Powers, 2nd week). Hard to figure 
much better thai. $9,000, with call 
ter "Klki" amazing. 

"The Passing Showi" (Apollo, ♦th 
week). Under $24,000, with start oft 
this week making $20,000 doubtful. 


Burlesque Business Holding 
Above Others 


The beginning ot the Christinas 
holidays was felt a little last week, 
with all shows dropping oft some. 
"Polly Preferred," at the Alvln, did 
nice business, grossing nearly $13,- 
000 on the week. "The Bat," at the 
Pitt, continued to draw and did 
around $14,450. Both stock houses, 
the I-^ccum and tho Kast End, fall 
off a little but should more than 
hold their own Ibis week. 

Burle.'i'tue business was vci^ good, 
the Gayety, with one of the best 
shows in that house this year, Harry 
Hastings' "Silk Stocking Revue," 
did around $0,000, while the Acad- 
emy grossed $5,900 for the week. 

I'icturo business dropped some, 
but the bigger 'louses report good 
business. The Aldlne, with Buster 
Keaton's "Our Hospitality" and as 
added attraction The Versatile Sex- 
tet OrrhCBtra. did around $11,(00, 
while the Grand with "The Want- 
era" took $9,400 for the week. 

Thursday, December 13, 1923 





$7 Top at Boston Opera House — ^More Money if 
More Capacity — Sir John Martin*Harvey Fell 0£F 
to $7,000 and Canceled Third Week 

Boston. Dec. 12. 
Playing two pprtormancea at the 
Boston opera house last weak XkUse 
kept up the record she has estab- 
lished since she came to thl.s country 
and grorecd 122.000 for the two per- 
formances with the house scaled at 
$7 top. Xever in, the hislory of the 
city has such a gross lieeii rc^-lstered 

^or two performancp«. If the hoti. e 
had -hnd the capa-Mty, the l>!iess 
would have been thousands liettir. 

Compnred v.ith :hc busincas v.hl h 
Duse did is that done by. Sir John 
Martln-Jtarv ey on his I'inal week of 

^4i two weeks' enpagcment at the 
opera house. He opened ihe fir>t 

- week with n grose ot Sll.OOO, Jt be- 
JnR figured th.Tt he did not ifW a 
good break the first week be vuise 
inost of the student* and i>iiviitc 

•' school attendants were awny for ihe 

' Thanksgivirg vacation. nus'ne.^a 
the second week was wo se thin 

• that of the week before, only J". 0(0 
; As a result he cancelled liis third 

week here and went to Canada. 
The firpt week of George M. Cohan 
. In "The Song and Dance Man" at 
the Se:wyn came up to expectations. 
Playing at a 12.50 top Cohan packed 
them Into the house for every one 
of the eight shows and wound up 

• the week with the house showing a 
gross of $15,000. which Is everything 
that can he done at the house at 
the top. It is the first time g-n'-e 
'•Shuffle Along" played the house 
that capacity, absolute, has been the 
word for the week and Cohan's per- 
aonal appearance Is figured on get- 

'' ting It through two or more weeke 
to excellent huFlneas. With even 
the Christmas holiday season ap- 
proaching, his personal draw l« ro- 
lled upon to get the business on the 
correct side ot the ledger and that 
la more than Ihe shows playing any 
one ot the other Boston houses ex- 
ipert for that particular week. 

"The Lollipop," Savage's new 
■how which opened at the Tremont 
Monday night after a few perfor- 
inances through New England, got 
a good break with the critics. Moat 
of them commented favoral)ly on 
the show but took a crack at what 
they consider the poor title the show 
is carrying. In the final week at 
the house "Nellie Kelly," In for a 
, repeat engagement, got away with 
122,000. This was the same money 
that the show got the previous week 
and it never dropped below 119,000 
for a week's gross. 

"So This Is tendon," Cohan's 
other show at the HolUs, continued 
to build up. Last week with eight 
shows It got $18,000, better than the 
opening week. Thanksgiving week 
with nine shows It did $21,000 but It 
was thought that the personal ap- 
pearance in towo. of Cohan might 
affect the businesa: EvWentally It 
didn't, for last week's gross was most 

For th^windup White's "Scandals" 
at the Colonial groseed $19,000. 
When It is considered that at the 
price the house was scaled for 
white's show a gross of better than 

. $30,000 was possible and that last 
week business around town was rot 
so tough it can be seen that the 
•how actually flopped here. "Helen 
of Troy, N. T." opened at the house 

.. Monday. 

This Is the final week of "Mary 
Jane" at the Shubert. It has been 
here many weeks and Is beginning to 
■how the effect ot the long run. It 
was, however, a pleasant surprise. 
for It has done better business here 
than was ever hoped for, so good 
the local engagement was extended 
a couple of weeks. Last week the 
house grossed $16,000 for eight 
shows and that was off $8,000 from 
. the week before, when It was the 
only show In the Shubert string 
playing nine performances. "A Per- 
fect Lady" next week. 

In the first week at the Wilbur 
"The I^dy In Ermine" failed to show 
anything approaching the strength 
that characterized "Sally, Irene and 
Mary," the musical which preceded 
it. It did $13,000 for Ihe week. In 
the final week at the house "Sally, 
Irene and Mary" grossed $15,500. 

"The I^vo Child" finishes at the 
Plymouth this week and for a week 
the house will be dark. "Whlaprrlng 
Wires" will open Chri.stmaa aftt-r- 

- — The total businesB for the eight 
houses in Boston last week was in 
the neighborhood ot $118,000. Thl.s 
Is oft from $1.11,500 of the week be- 
fore, although Thank.sgiving and 
extra performances at two of tlif 
houses the holiday week had J:i kcd 
busincFs up conalderablj'. This es- 
timate of the total gross Ik exclusive 
of the $22,000 turned In by Uuse. 

Last week's estimates: 

"Helen of Troy, N. T.," Cojonial 
(Ist week) — Handled rather^iicely 
by critics, and will get Its s^k-e of 
whatever business there wlUnbe in 

town for the next couple ot weeks, 
which won't be much, "dcandals ' 
did $19,000 final week. 

"Song and Danco Man," Selwyn 
(2d week)— Tn first weeic Cohan put 
his show over to capacity, abou' 
SI 5.500. First time In many jnoont 
■:apacity at this house. 

"The Lady in Ermine," Wilbur Cd 
week) — Did not show very mu?h 
.<trcngth for musioal for first week, 
greasing abour'$13.n00. Will be held 
on. however, as it is llgured.for run 
and better things are expected after 

"Co This la London," Hollis (4tli 
v.eek) — Still one of ot the 
lion musical bunch in town. $18,000 
last week. 

"The Lollipop," Tremont (Isl 

week) — Opened Monday. Got away 
fair with good reviews. In final 
week "Nellie Kel'y" did $22,000 ca- 
ll i city. 

"Msry Jane," Shubert (6th week) 
-Final week of thi.; musical. Good 
money mak^' while here and last 
week did $16,0C0. oft considerably 
from week bafore. but previous wee!; 
r.ttractlon played nine shows because 
of holiday. 

"The Love Child," Plymouth (4th 
week). Slipped oft to $7,000 last 
week: o(T $.'!.000 from the week be- 
fore. Will finish up this week and 
house will remain dark week before 



• ■ — 

Gilda Leary Played Role Last 

— "KIki" Did $20,000 in 


Washington, De«. 1$. 

But two attractions held forth 
last week, the other houses all hav- 
ing films. Both attractions were 
d.-^ama with the ladles giving Wil- 
liam Faveraham in "A Lesson in 
Love" (without Emily Stevens but 
Gilda Leary in the role here) the 
greatest play. Faveraham has al- 
ways <\oDe well iiere and the week 
was no exception for an attraction 
ot his. 

Lenore Uiric played a return in 
"Kiki" at the National with Sam 
Ilardv in the Bruce McRae part, 
and Curlton Brickert in Max Fig- 
man's role (Flgman being forced 
out ot the cast in ahlladelphia last 
week due to lllneaff. "KIkl" first 
saw the light of the theatre here 
in the National. 

ICiiimates for last week: 

"Kiki"— Little under what was 
done in Philadelphia, total reaching 
good $20,000. 

"A Lesson In Love" (Belasco).— 
Possibly above $10,000. 




"Perfect Fool" Lead Last Week with 

^MfiOO — "Scaramouch*" Dropped 

to $9,500 


(Contiued from page 14) ' 
■200 In the orchestra of this vcr> 
large house and upstairs was little 
better. A change in bill in the mid- 
dle of the week did not help any 
and even at the $3 top it is not 
likely that the show reached the 
figure claimed — $7,000. 
This Week 

This week's openings were "Polly 
Preferred" at the Walnut and Soth- 
ern atid Marlowe at the Shubert, the 
latter using "Komeo and Juliet" 
Monday night. It Is no secret that 
they are apprehensive of the effect 
of their buaineas of the engagement 
of John Barrymore'a "Hamlet for 
the week of Dec. 31. The Barrymore 
booking has not been dwelt on to 
any considerable degree, and an ad 
In last Sunday's papers by Arthur 
Hopkina ia rumored as having been 
unpopular with the local Shubert 

However, since Sothern and Mar- 
lows are only giving two perform- 
ances of "Hamlet" during their two 
weeks' stay, and as they are empha- 
sizing the comedy side of their re- 
pertoire, they ought to have a prof- 
itable visit, although this Js a par- 
ticularly bad period for Shake- 
spearean companies here, as ' Man- 
tell's visit proved last year. This Is 
the first year they've played in thP 
huge Shubert and the result is be- 
ing watched. 

There will be only a single open- 
ing next Monday, "Zander the Great" 
commencing three weeks at the 
Broad, where it will have the benefit 
of the holiday breaks. Whether or 
not the long stay ot "LIghtnIn'," 
with its radically different clientele, 
will hurt the- Broad is a matter of 
Interested conjecture. Future book- 
ings at the house, except for Mrs. 
B'lske, are not known. 

The Moscow Art and White's 
"Scandals" will be the only Christ- 
mas week openings this year, and 
nothing except Barrymore's "jlam- 
let" is announced for New Year's 
week. The following Monday there 
will be at least six openings, and 
possibly more, the greatest collec- 
tion for a single week the city has 
had in years. 

Estimates for Last Week 

"Lighlnin'" (Broad); 13th week). 
Gro.SB now done to around $10,500, 
but ought to lieat that figure in this 
its last week. "Zander the Great" 
.Monday for three weeks. 

Sothern and Marlowe (Shubert: 
1st week). Opened to fairly good 
advance sale, though much than 
on last appearance here. "Swedl.'fh 
liallet" under $7,000 in one week. 

"The Clinging Vine" (Forrest; 3d 
neck). Engagement far more suc- 
lesaful than expected. Grossed last 
week almost $21,000 and may beat 
$20,000 this week. Getting big or- 
"hestra play. House will be dark 
next week. "Scandals" Dec. 24. 

"The First Year" (G.irrick; 2d 
week). ITnder figure of previous 
show, "Kiki." but turned In fine 
gross at $2.60 of $18,000. In tor five 
weeks to apparently big profit. 

"The White Sister" (Chestnut; 
Sib week). Diuppcd considerably 

San Francisco, Dec. iz. 

Last' week the Bi'. Wynn ahow in 
its second week at the Columbia 
did $15,000, leading the town. 

At tile Curran Kolb and Dill In 
their first week in the Aaron Hoff- 
man play. "A Big Reward" got 

"Scaramouch*" the film at the 
Capitol in Its third week d.-opped to 
$9,500. Belle Bennett In "Mary and 
John" at the Alcazar (stock) did 

This week Kolb and Dill hold 
■over, with Guy Bates Post In '"The 
Climax" at the Columbia and the 
Alcazar playing "Handcuffed" at 
the Alcazar. "Scaramouche" also 
holds over. 


Alys Delysia does not fancy the 
Shuberts' treatment of her stay in 
"Topics of 1914" at the Broadhurst 
and has retained M. L. Malevlnksky 
(O'Brien, Malevlnsky and Driscoll) 
to legally 'represent her. The star 
has a 40 weeks' contract with the 
management at tl.SOO and despite 
the $100,000 involved, she complains 
the Shubertr petty annoyances are 
disagreeable to her. Suit may 

Such things aa not sweeping her 
dressing room and properly reduc- 
ing the slsa ot her name In the ad- 
vertisements are complained ot 


(First name la Judgment d<<>tor; 
creditor and amount follow) 

Armand Produelng Co^ Inc.; H. 
Robert Law Scenic Studios, Inc.; 

Leon DeCosta, Ine^, Harrlman Nat. 
Bank of City of N. T.; $74.18. 

L. 8. Yung I New Atlantic Garden, 
Inc.; $4.1«S.62. 

Mastodon Film, In*.; M. Spiegel; 

Big Three Amua. Corp-! City of 
N. Y.; $6«4.48. 

Cora C. Wilkanningi Consolidated 
Carpet Co., Inc.; .$4$0.97. 

Balagan, Ine^ and Samuel Qeneon; 
Austin, Nichols * Co.; $1.0SS.90. 

Balsgan, iic.i A. TaahJIan; 

• Arvern* Theatre Corp.; London 
Light Wares Corp.; $1$4.$0. 

S. Hurok; J. Rosenblatt; $1,4M.$7. 
Judgment Vacated 

Reginald Warda and Warde, Inc.; 
R. Altman * Co., $610.20; Dec 1, 

below last week's figure, but claims 
profit and will keep picture in, in all 
probability, through holidays. 

"Polly Preferred" (Walnut; lat 
week). Started with promise and 
counted on to pull house out of 
slump brought by last two attrac- 
tions. "Red Light Annie" under 
S8.000 last week. 

"The Fool" (AdelphI; Ith week). 
Holding up well upstairs, but or- 
chestra demand off last few days. 
Still expects to hold above even 
break until holidays and then come 
back. About $13,500 last week. 

"Partner* Again" (Lyric; 3d 
week). Good business resulted In 
leclslon to hold comedy In house 
through holidays, with Ethel Barry- 
more to follow In "The lAUghlng 
Lady" Jan. T. Around $10,000 last 

Second Review of 'Artists and Models 

With this second review of a run show on Broadway, Variety will from 
time to time re-rev!ew the running hits, 

Th* reviewer who caught the show at its opening will give the second 
or third review, principally to bring out the changes made in cast and 
material, especially in mtisical productions. 

While the oauntrysid* tak* offense when a No. 2 company is sent out 
a* the original cast, Broadway itsetf more often than it (^nows sees a No 
2 company and performance right within the theatre the show started a', 
before a run has prown very old if the musioal show is running welt 
enough to last. * 

The drama or the tight-east comedy is ofttimes tampered with in 
people for the purpose of its producers and all other producers whs 
operate in this fashion — to cut down the overhead or salary list but at a 
rule the musicals are the more frequently cheapened. 

When a producer believes his show "is set," he likewis* is of th* im- 
pression changes will not be noticed nor known by th* continuing paying 
public. Often he is right and as often when th* ohangas occur, it is t: 
roplac* a $1,000 salary for instanc* with a salary of f400 (or I***) or re- 
leas^ people altogether, doubling their rolea by minor principal* or 
choristers. - 'T 

Th*** r*-r*views are written mor* for th* out-of-town n*w*pap*r men 
who keep track of metropolitan theatrical attractions but hav* no matmi 
of l*arning what changes have been made in th* show a* th* tim* ap- 
proach** for it to leave for the road. . 




After 16 bang-up weelcia of pros- 
perity and notoriety at the Shubert, 
this sensational revue presented on 
Monday night a hangdog spirit, a 
lackadaisical performance, a face 
washed clean with censorial borax 
even behind its burning ears, other 
anatomical portions bandaged tor 
concealment, the general chastened 
atmosphere of a whipped pup, and 
six solid rows and many scattered 
Beats empty. 

The. "kick" which liad made it 
the spontaneous and contlnAous stag 
draw was easy enough to solve, now 
that It was quite absent, 

"Artists and Models" now Is just 
a commonplace girl show, except 
that it plays patchy, looks hurriedly 
camouflaged, and has un unusually 
inexpensive layout ot principals and 
production. In Its present shape it 
can scarcely weather many weeks 
unless the management sneaks t>ack 
some of the deleted rough stuff or 
brasenly defies the public officials' 
ttireatening indictments and prison 
sentences. Often such hues and 
cries fade away after the first out- 
burst when a malodorous situation 
become* crystallzed into a public 
stench. . 

The very opening revealed the 
suddenness and scope ot the panicky 
changes. That entering parade was 
th* one in which the "Iris behind 
tb* scrim wore virtually-nothing at 
all, when, for the first time In 
American theatricals bare breasts 
and torsos were displayed in anima- 
tion. Now the parade was decent; 
in comparison, it appeared puri- 
tanical. The girls wore flowing 
white blouses that concealed from 
the armpit* to the .highs; they 
seemed like motormen's fur over- 
coats to those who hdd seen that 
original parade. 

■When that wild "cooch" led by 
Kyra and danced to a Hawaiian 
melody by the small girls with 
nothing on except grass skirts and 
flowers held by thin strings at the 
apex of the breasts, appeared. It 
was even more palpable that the lid 
waa on. Kyra's gyrations were toned 
down to a wbLsper. She was sub- 
stantially clad. The flowers were 
now the centers ot wide brassieres 
of different colored silk. It had be- 
com* a conventional number and 
it took one forced encore where the 
baldheads and the toothless Johns 
and the pop-eyed college boys used 
to storm for a d..zen. 

When the living curtain dropped 
the pose was as it had tieen. but 
th* posers were drapeci. covered, 
nothing to see but a bare patch here 
and there, and in no delicate loca- 
tion*. In the ballet opening the 
second part one lone breast was 
bared to the storm ot criticism, the 
last trademark of the old estab- 
lished institution. The showgirl 
who revealed It looked ashamed, or 
maybe she was only bored. The 
lights on her were dim and she waa 
behind a netting. The makeup on 
the surviving member of the array 
ot the show's historic attractions 
seemed to lack the rouge ot honest 
conviction where once as many had 
flashed and bobbed, pinked up like 
a gold-dlgger'a lips. 

But even more denatured waa the 
obscenity and profanity. In that 
lengthy skotrh about the BouIIess 
critic, which led to a cracker con- 
taining the nastiest word ever 
spoken In comedy on a stage, the 
word had been changed to "'beast." 
close enough to remind those who 
had heard the old one. meaning 
nothing to those who didn't miss 
the old one, and killing the sketch 
as dead as a drowned fish. 

In the nefarious, though sflntll- 
lant "Katn" burlesque, the rise of 

the curtain gave a deep chuckle to 
the return patrons. On t^e door 
in a broad and exceedingly clums.\ 
endeavor to deflect the rawness o: 
the scene where a dosan men flockeii 
into Sadie Thompeon's room and 
where they hung a red lantern on 
the door for a curtain gag, there 
was now a big Wgn: 


Oaneing Le**on* * 
Tick*t* in Advane* 

This, obviously, waa the relic o' 
an Intermediate stag* of th* clean- 
up, to give aemblane* of an alibi 
tor the men going Into her room 
But a later reform wave swept even 
that Into the discard, for now, as 
the preacher was about to run after 
her through the door, a straight man 
cjtme down the aisle and called a 
halt, explaining (to the audlertee) 
that those things are allowed in 
"regular" playa but are forbiddev 
in musical shows. The several ring- 
ingly blue lines in the body of Ihe 
net had been blue-penciled, and one 
filthy one that had 'gotten a howl 
before now got nothing because It 
waa placed whore It had na. sinful 

In the finale there was a final, 
half-hearted effort at maintaining 
the pretty traditions of this opus 
by having the girls behind the pic- 
ture drapped in gauze that revealed 
yet concealed, where the blowotf had 
come in a blue haze of nudity be- 
fore that sent the morons and the 
aez-mongers forth to whistle up 
their cronies and tip them that 
"Artists and Models" must not be 
missed. Now it was Just a finale? 
No longer bad, no longer good. . 

In the occupied seats the audience 
waa aa pepleaa as the troupe across 
the footlights. Several In the vicin- 
ity of this reporter were asleep. In- 
cluding his gueat. who had never 
seen the ahow before. 

Where once there had been gasps 
and applause and hisses there now 
had been little except silence and 

Those who had bought their 
tickets well In advance and paid 
gyp premium* on $4.40 box-office 
rates, looked taken In and mur- 
mured that U was all a |»ke. X^ose 
who had not heard of the drastic 
elision* and cumbersome conceal- 
ments, seemed abused about some- 

They thought back of the whole 
thing and wondered why they had 
come and why they had been 
hunched that this was a snappy 
morsel. One stranger said, " 'Artists 
and Models' my eye — this is The 
Covered Wagon.' " 

Always cheap, this Shubert money 
leader of past months Is now a flat, 
mediocre affair of the week-stand 
type, a sorry tip-off on how money 
may and may not be made with 

No sympathy should be wasted on 
It, for this dhe went to sudden and 
sensational extremes and started a 
high wave of Indignant criticism 
across the map that resulted in a 
logical revulsion of prudish repres- 
sion. It could have left out the 
glaring Indecencies and still been a 
money hit, but It* gluttonous hys- 
teria tor quick dough has killed it 
and left a burden of censorship and 
an awakened puh1i(< distrust against 
the stage through the land. 

"Artists and Models" ran longer 
than It deserved as it was br.izenly 
presented originally. If it must now 
come down to such lengths of 
modi'Sty that It becomes boresome, 
that Is its own fault — too much 
booze alway.s leaves a headache, and 
too much puddling a stomachache. 

ThB Rhubert's should have been 
too wise to oiien It as they did. They 
might iiava anticipated they would 





Thursday, December 13, 1983 

tav* to ebanire It to tha way It is. 

And those who «aw both "versions'' 
could subtract and, In the difference, 
read all too plainly the "art" of 
niaklni? a fortune In that branch 
of that noblo institution, the Ameri- 
can Thi'atrc. Lalt. 


Va rotter Catherine Calhoun Hourri 

mil I'otter Ra>roond liul<:ii 

Mamie J'ottt r ,"**'>', Z'lr"' 

I»a I»otlfr lionaM Mc?t'k 

lt«(J Miller DoURlm Ilunli-r 

Oladyi Rankin Mary Stills 

{Tritnd To™ Ku^'on 

Mr. Jlnnkln Bdwin Walter 

Mr K"Kle Dean Haymon.l 

Oiniduttor B Henry Ilaniloii 

Mutorman William Falrchlll 

Meillum JoBciphlno VhtOry 

Her Daughter Joaephlne Moatkr 

Iceman ■""•". '^d'^^ 

Walter Daniel Kelly 

Check Boom Olrl Adelaide Lawrence 

Mra. Rankin Maud < oolln* 

Pullman Porter... Jamea Hagen 

J. r. McEvoy's dialog Btorl"s 
anent the dolnga of the Potter fam- 
ily have been syndicate* by the Chi- 
cago "Trlbuno" for i^out three 
yearn and are BlUl running. The 
•torlen have been >icce««ful In the 
Chicago publication's Sunday edi- 
tion aVid are syndicated as Sunday 
matter with varying reports in other 

Richard Ilerndon produced "The 
Potters," based on a series of the 
McEvoy stories, and opened recently 
In Baltimore, whore it was supposed 
to have been under the ausplci.. of 
the Baltimore "Sun," which has 
been runnins the stories. The dally 
did not sponsor the show, however, 
probably because the syndicate con- 
tract was expiring. 

"The I'otters" is a comedy !n 12 
scenes, some of them brief, almost 
fleeting. It gives the impression of 
being a small town play, but the ac- 
tion is presumably In a city, several 
localisms Indicating Chicago. It is 
amusing In many points, though 
with no particular kick. 

As a laugh play it has a fair 
chance for a moderate stay. 

Merndon, in adapting the stories, 
selected a series which ran about 
eix months. It takes the Potters 
through their nfeU of trouble but 
eventual good luck In buying oil 
propcrt:' leaseii. using the money 
Kaved to pay off the mortgage. The 
fun lies in the frailties of an aver- 
age-salaried desk man's effort to 
make a sudden fortune that will 
enable the family to have all the 
comforts of the wealthy. 

Always seeming to do the wrong 
thing in this wooing of Lady Luck 
Is natural and humorous. The end 
of the play finds the Potters getting 
a lucky break at last. In hie sub- 
sequent stories McEvoy takes the 
bunch abroad. 

Herndon has given the show a 
good production, and the staging by 
Augustin Duncan is skilled. That 
niost of the curtains are Inadequate 
la . erhaps beyond his ken. The 
multiple scenes are sometimes mere- 
ly flash or picture episodes, and one 
or two could be dropped without in- 
Jury to the story. That applies to 
the Pullman scene, which opened 
the second act, and seemed to con- 
sume little over a minute. There 
■re flve scenes In the first act, four 
In the second, and three In the flnal 
act. They were designed by P. Dodd 
Ackerman and are spotted upon a 
platform. The back half is set 
while the scene In front progresses, 
which permits the scene changes to 
be quickly rolled into position. 

The principal characters are Ma 
and Pa Potter; Mamie, their eligible 
daughter; Bill, a growing son, and 
Red Miller, wlio is engaged to 
Mamie. The opening scene has the 
Potters at breakfast, and It pro- 
vided ns much laughter as anything 
In the ftliow. Pa enters, trying to 
enap his back collar-button Into 
position. The kid, Bill, tells him the 
back button is useless anyhow, with 
I'a subduing the lid by saying: "I 
used baric collar buttons when you 
wore nothing but talcum powder 
and safety pl'is." When Ma h.arrics 
J'a about not trying for a raise In 
ealary and pointing to the success 
of their neighbors, the Ranklns, he 
parries by claiming Rankin stood in 
by "yessing the boss." But Ma 
sends one over by speculating: "You 
appear to be a hero at the office ex- 
cept on pay day." 

A street car scene was fairly well 
worked out. the flashes on the back 
drop denoting electrical contact 
S'pmod too constant. The scene 
brought out the chewing gum bri- 
gade and the strnphangers. Kxtr.T 
IKMiIile were used for the car bit, the 
cast's principals, however, not 
counting more than 10. However. I*a 
Pottei'n cnnvors.itlonal bit with an- 
other desk man on the way to the 
olli'p was funny and faithful. The 
chatter was akin to men not "m.Tk- 
Inp" each other, and springing 
queries as to each (ither's health and 
occupatliins (not dissimilar to Joe 
r(M)k'>i "Well, how are you feeling 

to<Ifly?" blO. 

An oil well drilling sn-no wlienie 
Pa has been chased by Ma when 
she flnds out .iliout his "specula- 
tion," brings from the dr'Ilers n 
general opinion of llie countless 
suckers who fall for the oil stock 
game. Potter tells the workmen he 
has Investffl every cent In the leiise. 
One digger says: "I'll say you're a 
gambler, " while the other digger re- 
marks: "That's one name for It." 
Befrre that their chatter included 
tb« observation that "It's a good 
thing there nre boobs enough to pay 
■• for digging holes in the ground." 

The Potter porch scene afforded 
amusement, principally from the 
strollers in the moonlight. A garage 
at midnight was given in the dark 
save for the dimmed lights of a car 
used by Mamie and Red when they 
elope. The scene chlelly affords the 
Insertion of caustic comment from 
the garage keeper about the "old oil 
you've got," and also alluded to It 
as a flivver and other well-known 

IJMnald Meek as the drudging Pa 
Potter, Willing to gamble but "not 
take much of a 'chance," easily won 
the acting honors. As a timid man 
who never did the right tulng at 
the right time but who, after all, 
thinks and acts like the average 
father in trying to make things 
eaeier for his family, Meek's play- 
ing seemed a splendid characteriza- 
tion. Catherine CHlhoun Doucet as 
the mother was .almost as fine. 
Picking on Pa was a most natural 
thing, so was her covert pride In 
her children. Mary Carroll was a 
sweet Mamie, caring for little more 
than her )ted and sure, like other 
girls of her type, that they'd never 
quarrel after marrying. Douglas 
Hunter as the growing son Bill was 
refreshing and hua a bright stage 

While there Is some doubt whether 
"The Potters" can attract big 
grosses h^re, It should prove profit- 
able on tour, particularly following 
the Uroaxlway label. Jbee. 


PiTiitiiiBton ' A;i»fi t Morrison 

ItilJy WintlBor Ji.mca Dyrcnfurth 

HfX HaiiiikleU Klwo<jd Host wick 

Natalie Oaby PIfury 

Juhn Palmer Young 

I'aul Buckl^w l.eo liUrichaleiii 

]|el*>n lA'»\ey Adrienne Morrison 

Huhy Hucklaw Lola Flsh«r 

Htandi»h Hubert Ijowing 

Muey Kiih Alic^ Iluans 

I'hidiss Camvopulo John Davidson 



Hemry W. flavagv pralucllon. Book by 
Zekia Soars, aoore by 'Vlnoent Youmans, 
lyrlia by Zelda Sean »nd WaMer De Ix<nn 
StajtTXl by Ii» Uanla. Deuioea arranged by 
Kert Frenoll. 

Mm. Mason Adorn Andrews 

Virginia Boaajnond WhlKBM'- 

T.«ele ABne McOllI 

Don Carlo* Ijeonanl eviley 

Omar K. Oarrlty Nick lonir. Jr 

I'etunla Vlrif in la 8m ith 

I^ura Lamb Ada May 

Rufua A IXark Secret 

Reorira Jonea Oas Sily 

PIM aeoha«wi Harry Puck 

Mm. Oarrlty........ Z«l<la &?ars 

Hel«ne • ,..Fk>r«nce Wcl>b.^r 

Parklniton Mark Smith. Jr 

Lindaay Karl Stall 

Danoer. ., Ii«onard St. I.<eo 

This Is the new Leo Ditrichstein 
.starring vehicle In which he plays 
about the third principal part and 
becomes, where once be Was the 
Great Lover, now the Tired Busi- 
ness Man and Flop Husband. 'Who- 
ever picked this for Ditrichstein 
didn't understand him or wanted 
to wreck him. In all the catalog of 
plots there couldn't have been a 
more miscast situation for this star, 
not even his own beloved "Judge 
of Z.Tlamea." which he recently re- 
vived as "Might is Right.'! 

Returning to the management of 
Lee Shubert. he plays Just an oldish 
chump, enamored of a frivolous 
young cutle-bride who makes a boob 
of him. philanders with a Oreek- 
god lady killer, makes her busy 
hu.s'uand a checkbook and a bore, 
and sanctifles her infidelity by the 
old alibi that he is so preoccupied 
making money for her that he 
hasn't time for those "delicate at- 
tentions" every lovely woman de- 
mands. That makes her the "busi- 
ness widow," so to speak. 

lixcept for Ditrichstein'-j famously 
fluent use of his hands, his sauve 
unction and his polished bearing in 
light Comedy delivery, he might be 
a. $100 character man in support of 
Lola Fisher, who scampers away 
Willi what honors the silly, uncon- 
vincing story yield.s. Miss Fisher is 
sprightly, comely, alluring, eloquent 
and a study In animated flashes 
that strike sparks. 

The yarn Is of stencil brand, the 
misunderstoO'd husband making a 
jealous play with "the other wom- 
an" and convincing the erring wife 
that he Is the durable goods where- 
as her hero Is a fortune hunter 
The injured girl who has burning 
letters from this snake la hidden In 
the other room and sprung at the 
psychological moment. Also, the 
husband's friend who tries to over- 
power her sets out to ruin the hus- 
band by squeezing him on the mar- 

It is all very cut and dry except 
for some wickedly sophisticated 
lines from Gladys Ungei's type- 

Miss Unger acknowledges In- 
debtedness to Rngel and Sassman, 
Viennese authors. They should 
calile their acknowledgments to her. 
Whatever the piece has, besides 
I»la Fisher, they owe to her, for the 
s|>arkle and the amusement, where- 
cvor such appear, are Miss Unger's, 

The production has every physical 
atlrihute of economy rather than 
sincerity. The first act .set, an offlce, 
is either the second -act set of 
"We've (iot to Have .Mnnoy," or was 
miHleled after it. The second and 
third acts are played in an Interior 
meant to show a millionaire's home 
in Lnrchmont, but d'lesn't register 
any such atniosplu re. The wife 
shows two furs, an alleged chin- 
chilla she quotes at $1K,000 and an 
alleged ermine valued at $12,000. 
The two could be diiiiliialed for $300 
gross. The chinchilla I; squirrel 
,ind ribbons, the ermine is dyid 


The costumes who supplied the 
women's clotlics is given a "plug" 
that shrieks all Ihroiigh the first 
act, when seven ho.xcs with her 
trade name conspfciiously painted 
on arc par.ided past the footlights 
and left standing wlierc they can 
be lead from the gallery. That may 
have saved rent. 

At the end of the seciuid act Mixs 
Fisher is suppiisc il to wreck the 
ap.irlment In a lit of leinperamenlal 
tantrums. She t blows vases and 
lami)S In every directuni. Instead 
of breaking, they bounce. And nhcti 

Zelda Sears apparently had an 
idea as to lit^^'CO- M. Cohan would 
have staged "Sally" for Ziegfeld 
without Krrol. As a result the world 
of amusement now has "Lollipop." 
previously tried out for a week or 
two under the name of "Left Over," 
and opening for Its metropolitan 
premiere Monday at the Tremont 
after a Bridgeport, Conn., dress re- 

It looks like a valuable bit of 
property that may shatter the the- 
ory that the Cinderella theme for 
■musical comedies has gone where 
the woodbine tangleth. Regardless 
of what happens to "Lollipop." the 
fact remains that Ada May 'Weeks 
(now Ada May) is across the bridge 
of mediocrity. To a capacity house 
Monday and a lot of It money, she 
actually goaled "em. Somebody has 
taught her how to sing and get away 
with It. She shouldered the com- 
edy of the show and got away with 
It. She radiated personality and 
Interpolated Individual stuff. She 
danced as well as ever. The lobby 
chatter called her another MariUyn 
Miller, possibly Inspired through the 
s.ame typp of orphanage waif role. 

The second act of "Lollipop" Is t 
present the only one of the three 
that is really right. It is fast and 
funny and tells Its story. Tlie first 
and third acts need heroic treat- 
ment to get out of the rut of dead 
dialogue and away from the load of 
carrying the plot. 

"Ixjlllpop" is not a belly-laff sh